Kalinin, Kovar spark St. Petersburg

Dmitri Kalinin, St. Petersburg defenseman

Dmitri Kalinin, St. Petersburg defenseman

St. Petersburg 4, Geneva 3 (shootout) – Three out of the five games played Tuesday went to a shootout, and in all three shootouts, the team with the most shots in regulation time came out on top. In St. Petersburg, Dmitri Kalinin and rookie Jan Kovar provided the sparks near the end of the game for the Red Stars. Petrograd trailed 3-2 with a little less than 9 minutes to play when Kalinin made a highlight-reel play. Geneva was on the powerplay threatening to go up by two goals, and with three Russians and a Belarusian among the five PP players, that would have added salt to the St. Petersburg wound. But another Russian, Kalinin, held the blue line as the Generals attempted to enter the zone and he was able to poke check the puck away from hard-charging Sergei Kostitsyn. At that moment, Kostitsyn’s teammates were all racing forward expecting him to get the puck in deep and the turnover trapped all of them except for Nikita Nikitin, who had to backpeddle to face a 2-on-1. Kalinin faked a pass to Mats Zuccarello and Nikitin took the fake, sprawling on the ice to block the pass that never came. Kalinin skated in on goalie Frederik Andersen and with Zuccarello still available on Andersen’s left, he decided to shoot and ripped a wrist shot past the goalie’s blocker. The goal tied the game. With St. Petersburg scrambling to get the game-winner in the last minute of regulation, a scrum developed after Andersen covered up the puck and Kovar went at it with Geneva veteran Nick Foligno. In the fight, Foligno got the better of the teenager, but Kovar won instant appreciation and respect from his teammates and the home crowd. Three of the Red Stars’ four shooters scored in the shootout and Zuccarello scored the winner.

Dublin 4, Prague 3 (shootout) – Prague has gone flat since their fast start to the season. The Wolf pack lost their sixth straight game Tuesday, being outshot in Dublin by a 41-28 count. Phil Kessel was the only player in the game with 2 or more points and he scored the game-tying goal with 1:21 remaining in regulation. His linemate Ryan Kesler scored as well and with Evander Kane, the top Fighting Irish line was plus 2 with 11 shots on goal. Kesler and Kane both scored goals in the shootout. Keaton Ellerby had a good game for Prague, as the defenseman had an assist, 4 hits and 2 blocked shots.

London 5, Gothenburg 4 (shootout) – Gothenburg started very strong, building a 3-0 first period lead on foreign ice, but they couldn’t keep London from tying the game with two third-period goals and then winning it in a shootout. Jordan Eberle scored the first two goals of the game for the Devils, but Sam Gagner countered with two goals of his own, as well as 6 shots, for the Dons. London goalie Michal Neuvirth out-dueled Pekka Rinne of Gothenburg in the shootout. After both goalies got beat on the first shot of the shootout, Neuvirth stopped Adam Henrique and Mikael Backlund, while Jake Gardiner beat Rinne to win it for London. Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson had a goal and an assist for the Dons.

Belfast 4, Edinburgh 1 – Capitals fans were disappointed after their team outshot but lost to the visiting league champions. Ondrej Palat scored the first two goals of the contest for the Giants, with linemates Nazem Kadri and Nathan MacKinnon getting assists on both goals. MacKinnon and Palat then assisted on an Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal to make it 3-0 before the first period ended, and Sidney Crosby doused Edinburgh’s comeback hopes with a shorthanded goal late in the game. Edinburgh outshot Belfast 38-25, but it was apparent Belfast went into a defensive shell once they had the 3-0 lead. Jonathan Quick made 37 stops for the Giants.

Berlin 4, Milan 2 – Goalie Alex Stalock and Milan’s penalty killers played another good game, but Berlin proved to be too tough for the Guerriero. After a 2-2 first period, Berlin scored once in the second period and once in the third period, while goalie Jimmy Howard refused to be beaten in the last 40 minutes. Loui Eriksson and Ladislav Smid scored the last two goals for Berlin. Eriksson, Tony Martensson, Ryan Callahan and David Krejci all had multi-point games for the Smurfs, while Matthias Olimb and Danny Dekeyser scored Milan’s goals.

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