Last-place Munich tops Smurfs 6-3

Munich 6, Berlin 3 – In a battle between the league’s two German teams, the underdogs tore into the EURO’s second best team, doubling their score. The last-place Dire Wolf scored two in each period against Jimmy Howard and six different players scored goals. Radko Gudas, the bruising Munich defenseman who has surprisingly good hands when it comes to passing, had three assists to lead all scorers. Another Dire Wolf defenseman, Ryan Wilson, had an assist and 5 blocked shots to help out goalie Cory Schneider.

Milan 4, St. Petersburg 3 – In his first game back from a three-game suspension for the elbow to Henrik Zetterberg’s head, Swedish rookie Par Arlbrandt scored his first-ever EURO goal and helped Milan conquer invading St. Petersburg. The Red Stars led after one period 2-1 thanks to goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and rookie Jan Kovac, and they outshot the host Guerriero 17-4 in the second period, but couldn’t put them away. In fact, Milan outscored the Red Stars 2-1 in that period with goals by Trevor Daley and then Arlbrandt. The third period was all Milan, who outshot St. Petersburg 17-8 and won it after Peter Mueller scored an unassisted goal with 5:31 left. Goalie Alex Stalock made 31 saves to get the win for Milan.

Oslo 3, Dublin 0 – Semyon Varlamov stopped the Kesler line and all other Fighting Irish shooters to earn his second shutout in a week and fourth of the season. No other goalie has more than 2 shutouts. German-born forward Mikhail Grabovski and Quebec native Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau each had a goal and an assist to lead the offense. Grabovski leads the Outlaws in scoring this season with 21 points in 25 games. The players with the most shots on goal (5) in the game were both Czechs: Tomas Hertl of Oslo and Milan Michalek of Dublin. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Irish.

Athens 4, Madrid 2 – Gabriel Landeskog gave his Madrid Royals an early 2-0 lead by scoring twice on powerplays, but Athens closed the door on Madrid after that and were able to score 4 times on Royal goalie Jonas Hiller. Kyle Palmieri scored his 13th of the season to start the Athens run and Ryan O’Reilly added his 11th and 12th of the season while Scott Hartnell notched number 9 for him. Most of the damage came in the third period that began with Athens trailing by a goal. Jason Pominville and Vadim Shipachyov had 2 assists each, combining twice with O’Reilly for scoring plays. The Greeks are currently in third place in the Southern Conference, 2 points behind Paris and a point ahead of Madrid and Lisbon. Those four teams are also battling for the Demitra Division crown.

Geneva 4, Paris 2 – The Rouges Eiffels gave Geneva two too many chances to score on the powerplay and it cost them. The play of Geneva goaltender Frederik Andersen also hurt them. The 25-year-old Dane stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn the win in Paris. Geneva’s David Desharnais and Mike Fisher played smart hockey and each had 2 assists in the contest. Two Generals hit the 10-goal plateau in the game – Erik Cole and Marian Gaborik – and both of their tallies occurred while Paris players were in the penalty box. Paris was called for 5 minors including 3 holding calls and Geneva committed just one penalty, also a holding.

Gothenburg 2, Moscow 1 (shootout) – The Bare Bear Brawlers outshot Gothenburg 32-20 but lost. Each team only scored once in regulation. Adam Henrique put the Devils in front with his 6th of the season, a wrist shot that flew into the upper corner past Moscow goalie Jaro Halak’s stick and blocker pad. In the second period, the BBB tied the score when Nate Thompson flicked a wrist shot that beat Pekka Rinne. The shootout went to 4 rounds after the first three ended tied at 1-1. Jordan Eberle scored for Gothenburg and then Andrew Ladd shot it into Rinne’s pad on the final shot. Gothenburg’s Marc-Eduoard Vlasic and Eric Staal each had 5 hits and 3 blocked shots in the game.

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