Prague starts well, holds off Paris’ late surge

Prague 5, Paris 4 – The Wolf Pack got off to a great start, taking the first period 3-1, and fought off Paris’ comeback. When Nail Yakupov scored his 12th of the season and Marcel Hossa followed with his 8th, the 5-1 lead was just too much for the Rouge Eiffels, who made a valiant effort with three third-period goals. Ryan Getzlaf led everyone in scoring with a goal and two assists. Prague’s powerplay, which is 6th best in the EURO, was 3 for 7, but the team’s weakness has been its 3.86 goals against average, which is second worst in the league.

Berlin 5, Lisbon 2 – Logan Couture led the Smurfs to a victory in Lisbon, even though Lisbon enjoyed a 33-22 shot advantage. Couture assisted on the only goal of the first period and on a goal in the first minute of the second period and then he scored unassisted to make it 3-0 with his 12th goal of the year. He was plus 4. Alexander Edler also had a great game for Berlin. The big Swedish defenseman had a goal and an assist, was plus 3, and had 5 hits and 3 blocked shots. Both Berlin and Lisbon are now 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Berlin leads the Southern Conference and Lisbon is in third place.

Copenhagen 4, St. Petersburg 3 – Nathan Gerbe was unreal in the third period and his energy and passing skills resulted in a furious 4-goal third period and a comeback win for the Tridents. Martin Erat scored to tie it 3-3 with 4:51 remaining and then he scored again 22 seconds later for the game-winning goal. St. Petersburg’s Cam Atkinson and Oscar Klefbom scored the first two goals of the game and both of them, it was the first goal of the season.

Minsk 3, Munich 2 – It took a late goal by Alexander Burmistrov to finally put away the pesky Dire Wolf. Visiting Minsk outshot Munich 40-22, but Travis Zajac took a Patrik Elias pass and tied the game 2-2 with 11:45 to play. Slovenian goalie Robert Kristan made 37 saves for the Dire Wolf. Munich did a pretty good job of keeping the top Minsk line of Nicklas Backstrom, Milan Lucic and Patrick Kane in check, but they seemed to have trouble with Jacob Josefson, a second-line center who fired 9 shots on goal. It was Minsk’s 12th straight win.

Gothenburg 4, Oslo 3 – Young forwards Olli Palola and Petr Vrana scored goals to get Gothenburg off to a good start and veterans John Carlson and  Patrick Marleau scored second-period powerplay goals for the Devils. That was just enough to keep Oslo from getting a point. Outlaw veteran defenseman Andrei Markov scored two goals in the second period to give him 4 on the season, and rookie teammate Robert Roosa, from Estonia, scored his second goal of the season. Eric Staal had 2 assists and 6 shots for the Devils, while teammate Dan Girardi dished out 7 hits. The Devils flew to Greece after the game for a game tonight in Athens, while Oslo is to host Helsinki.

Bern 3, Geneva 2 – Two Swiss teams battled hard for almost 65 minutes before young Russian Evgeny Kuzentsov ended the game with an overtime goal with 13 seconds left on the clock. It was his first point in 7 EURO games. Dennis Wideman scored in the second period and Matt Read tallied in the third period and Geneva led 2-0, but Bern bounced back with goals in the last 7:15 of the third period by Andrei Kostitsyn and Matt Hunwick to tie it. Geneva’s David Desharnais led everyone in shots with 7. Bern will host Munich tonight.


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