Thornberg, Dubinsky lead Caps to win

Edinburgh 6, Bratislava 2 – Bratislava took a lot of penalties and paid for it as Edinburgh scored 3 powerplay goals in 9 chances. Martin Thornberg scored the first two PP goals and when Jamie Benn followed those up with his 9th goal 11 minutes into the second period, it became 3-0 Capitals. Brandon Dubinsky was the most productive Cap, scoring one goal and collecting 3 assists. Defenseman Adam Larsson also had 3 assists and 4 hits.

Bern 2, Oslo 1 – The Bears broke a five-game losing streak and got revenge for a one-goal loss last week at the hands of the Outlaws. Despite a total of 13 powerplay chances, neither team got a goal from a forward. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov of Oslo was busy and excellent, making 36 saves in the loss. The Outlaws took an early lead on Morgan Rielly’s second goal of the year, but Bern tied it in the second and won it in the third period on long shots by Tobias Enstrom and Johnny Boychuk.

St. Petersburg 4, Madrid 1 – The Royals lost ground on the top teams in the league by losing their third straight game. St. Petersburg simply outplayed them on Monday. Antti Niemi allowed just one Madrid goal and the Vladimir Sobotka and Artem Anisimov played important roles in the third period. In that period, with Madrid fighting to tie a 2-1 game, Anisimov had two of his three assists and Sobotka had an assist and a big shorthanded goal. And although he only produced one assist, Red Star forward Brad Richards was hard to contain and was able to fire 7 shots on Royal netminder Robin Lehner.

Helsinki 6, Munich 1 – The Jokerit had a field day against visiting Munich, a team which is last in the league in many key stats categories, including goals per game (2.00) and goals against (4.16). Everything is going wrong for the Dire Wolf this season, as they are also last in powerplay efficiency and penalty killing. They are in the same situation as the NHL Buffalo Sabres were this season, that is, if they remain at the bottom they will be guaranteed one of two “generational” talents in the next draft, namely Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Helsinki’s Thomas Vanek had a great game, scoring the first two goals of the contest and adding two assists later. He was one of five Jokerit with multi-point games. Alexander Radulov had 3, while Zack Smith, Paul Stastny and Eliezer Sherbatov all had 2. The Dire Wolf’s lone tally was provided by Travis Zajac, who played for Helsinki last season.

Belfast 2, Milan 1 – Italian hockey fans got to see the world champs play in Milan Monday and they almost saw an upset by the home team. Belfast jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban, but Milan and goalie Alex Stalock slammed the door on them from then on, including a long 5-on-3 chance in the third period. Unfortunately for the Guerriero, Jonathan Quick was guarding the Belfast net and he was good enough to allow just one goal, a Peter Mueller backhander in the second period.

Paris 6, Copenhagen 3 – Josef Vasicek was the best player on the ice in Paris on Monday as the Czech scored 2 goals on top of an assist and 6 hits. Paris dominated most of the contest, out-shooting Copenhagen 43-23. Both teams were 1 of 3 on the powerplay. Corey Perry, Kyle Turris and Mikko Koivu all had 2 points for the Rouges Eiffels, while Josh Holden and Stephen Weiss did the same for the Tridents. Perry leads the Paris team in goals with 12, which puts him third in the league behind Moscow’s Blake Wheeler (14) and Belfast’s Sidney Crosby (13). Through 19 games, Paris and Belfast both have 32 points to share the league overall lead, three points ahead of third-place Berlin.

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