Copenhagen 5, Munich 2 – As the score went from 1, to 2, to 3 nothing, the handwriting was on the wall in Munich. Changes had to be made. The Dire Wolf were not even trying, it appeared. There was no zest in their play, the mood on the bench seemed hopeless and miserable, and players weren’t even passing to open teammates. Copenhagen went up 5-0 in the second period and coasted to a win over last-place Munich and not long after that, Munich General Manager Chad Legge resigned. Management quickly hired an upstart GM named Mike Felter to take the reins and Felter said he is willing to tackle the task of rebuilding the franchise. He is anxious to be patient, if that makes any sense. Back to the game, the Tridents’ second line of Chris Higgins, Stephen Weiss and Clarke MacArthur did most of the damage. The line was plus 3 with each member of it scoring a goal. Nathan Gerbe and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Danes, which had 6 players register at least 4 hits.
Minsk 5, Paris 2 – After making huge strides in Season 4, the Hussars haven’t had the success they were hoping for so far this year, but they looked like world beaters in stomping all over the league’s second-best team on Thursday. Minsk out-shot Paris 47-14 but actually trailed in the game until Gustav Nyquist triggered a 4-goal outburst in the game’s final 15:12. Nicklas Backstrom, Milan Lucic, Patrick Kane and Alexander Burmistrov all had 2 points after the Nyquist goal. Defenseman Maxim Chudinov was named the game’s first star after getting a goal, an assist, 6 shots on goal and 4 hits for the Hussars.
Moscow 6, Prague 3 – After captain Dustin Brown scored his 4th of the season to give Moscow a 1-0 lead, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave his Prague teammates hope by setting up the second goal of the game and immediately scoring two more himself. But Moscow adjusted, contained RNH the rest of the way, and pulled away for a 6-3 win. The Bare Bear Brawlers (BBB) were 3 of 6 on powerplay chances and star Anze Kopitar scored twice. Moscow is 5th in the league standings and they have the third-best shots per game average and the second-best shots allowed average.
Berlin 4, Geneva 1 – The Smurfs got angry again and apparently they were mad at Ondrej Pavelec. They fired 50 shots at the Generals goalie on Thursday. Pavelec’s teammate defenseman Karel Rachunek either likes Pavelec a lot or he is in the wrong place at the wrong time often because he was credited with an incredible 10 blocked shots. Logan Couture opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal and Berlin also got tallies from David Pastrnak, Ryan Callahan and Tony Martensson. The two teams will go at it again tonight in the second game of a home-and-home series.
Gothenburg 3, Dublin 2 (shootout) – More than 16,000 Swedish fans were treated to a six-round shootout win by their Gothenburg Devils on Thursday. The shots were pretty even throughout the game even though the Fighting Irish got themselves into penalty trouble often. The third period started with the score 1-1 and each team scored once to lead to a scoreless overtime period. In the shootout, both teams had 1 goal after three rounds to send it to sudden death, where Carl Hagelin won it for the home side in the sixth round.
Madrid 4, Helsinki 2 – Swedes Patrik Berglund and Jonas Brodin scored in the first period for the Royals and when the Jokerit got their first goal in the first minute of the third period, Madrid responded by adding two more goals to the pile, these courtesy of Chris Stewart and Derek Stepan. The Royals deserved the win, out-shooting Helsinki 43-27.