Madrid 4, Prague 3 – Andrej Meszaros had to be exhausted and dehydrated Thursday night after the work he put in in Madrid’s win over Prague. The 30-year-old Slovakian assisted on the opening goal and scored the game-tying goal in the second period. He also had 4 hits, 2 blocked shots and ended up working 35 minutes. His Czech teammate, Roman Polak must be more efficient because he also finished with a goal and an assist, but was able to do that in just 13 minutes. The two were voted as the first two stars of the game and they have been consistently excellent this year for the Royals. They are the top two in plus-minus on the team and Polak is fourth on the team in scoring with an absurd 31.3 shooting percentage and 5 goals. On Thursday, Polak assisted on Sean Couturier’s goal that ended up to be the game-winner.
Athens 7, Milan 6 (shootout) – Less than 7,000 fans showed up to watch Milan play in Greece, but those who did attend were treated to a dozen goals, a fight and a shootout. David Backes scored the most important and unlikely goal when, while killing off a Dimitrios Kalyvas penalty in the final two minutes of the game, he scored a shorthander to tie it 6-6. Backes had two goals in the game and he was one of five Greeks who put together multi-point games. T.J. Oshie led all Athens players with a goal and two assists. Milan had four multi-point performances and Tomas Zaborsky had 3 points in 10 minutes of ice time. He came into the game with only one goal on the season but he scored twice Thursday on Richard Bachman.
Paris 3, Berlin 2 – The Rouge Eiffels gave up the opening goal to Berlin, but in Paris, the home team was too tough. They built a 3-1 lead and held on to send the Smurfs home empty-handed. Berlin’s arch nemesis Evgeny Malkin was held to just one shot on goal, but his teammates more than made up for his lack of effectiveness. Ken Kuusk, Josef Vasicek and David Perron did the goal scoring and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. Berlin’s Jimmy Howard was better, but he had to face 45 shots.
Zurich 4, Edinburgh 2 – The Lions controlled most of the game and ended up out-shooting the Caps 36-22. Brandon Dubinsky of Edinburgh scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to cut Zurich’s lead to 2-1 but in the next 11 mionutes, Lion center Patrice Bergeron scored a shorthanded goal and added another to secure the game for Zurich. He and Ilya Kovalchuk both had 3-point games. Rick Nash was Edinburgh’s best player, getting a goal, an assist and 6 shots on goal.
Geneva 3, Helsinki 2 (shootout) – Geneva coach Darryl Sutter gave Sergei Mozyakin a chance in the shootout and the rookie came through with a goal on Henrik Lundqvist to help the Generals win it. Erik Cole also scored in the shootout for Geneva, and he is 2 for 2 this year in shootouts. Despite the loss, Lundqvist was stellar. He made 40 saves as his Jokerit were outshot 42-35. Geneva’s two shootout stars – Cole and Mozyakin – have been great additions to the team this season. Cole’s career seems to have been reborn even though he is 37 years old. An all-star during his first two seasons with St. Petersburg, Cole’s numbers dropped off in his next two seasons. Last season, he was relegated to third- and fourth-line duty and only scored 22 points in 74 games. In 13 games with the Generals this season, Cole is seeing first line minutes at the moment and is scoring at a point-per-game pace. Mozyakin, a former KHL scoring champ, was the second player taken in the last draft and he is tied for third on the team in scoring as a plus-1 player.
Stockholm 4, St. Petersburg 2 – Bobby Ryan and Brendan Gallagher were everywhere for the home team and visiting St. Petersburg didn’t seem super interested in playing Thursday. Ryan had a hat trick on 4 shots on goal and he now has 5 goals this year. Gallagher had a goal and 2 assists and was all over the ice, getting 9 shots on goal. Jeff Carter and Cam Fowler both had a pair of assists for the Eagles. Brent Burns and Dmitri Kalinin played well for the Red Stars. Each had an assist, was plus 1, and the pair combined for 9 hits and 5 blocked shots.