A Drubbin’ in Dublin, as Berlin rolls on

Berlin 6, Dublin 2 – The Berlin Smurfs have soared to first place overall this season and there are plenty of reasons why. Logan Couture was shifted by coach Adam Oates to left wing and has flourished there. He was named the EURO’s First Star of the Month and he has the highest plus-minus of all forwards in the league at plus 23. And Jimmy Howard and the penalty killers are the best in the league at what they do. On Thursday, the Dublin Fighting Irish got in Berlin’s way and the Smurfs brushed them aside with ease. It was a Drubbin’ in Dublin. Berlin defenseman Alexander Edler scored in each of the first two periods and fellow blueliner Dion Phaneuf scored a shorthanded goal for the Smurfs in between. Dublin didn’t get on the board until Tomas Plekanec scored his 8th of the season with about two minutes remaining in the second period. Couture ended up with 3 points in the game and David Krejci had 2 assists and 7 shots on goal for the winners. Dublin lost to Berlin 9 days earlier and they will get them again next Thursday.

Copenhagen 6, Stockholm 5 – Copenhagen rookie Marko Dano was the hero of a thrilling game in Stockholm. The 20-year-old scored first as the visitors worked their way to a 3-1 lead by the first intermission, but to the delight of the home crowd, Stockholm stormed back and overtook them in the second period. They made it 5-3 when Marcus Johansson scored his 6th goal of the season, but they might have eased up too much after that goal. Copenhagen reeled off three straight in the last half of the third period to regain the lead. Dano scored the game-winner with 1:44 after taking a lead pass from Josh Holden, beating Eagle defenseman Mike Green to the outside and sending a quick shot through Braydon Holtby. Dano also had 2 assists in the game to give him 4 on the night. Since his call-up, Dano has 9 points in 17 games. The rebuilding Tridents have won 4 straight and 6 of their last 9 and are slowly creeping up the standings. They are 19th overall but not far from the teams just above them.

Athens 3, Milan 1 – The Athens Greeks slowly built a 3-0 in Italy and left with a win. The Greeks got into penalty trouble in the opening period, taking four minors, but thanks to their penalty killing and a Bobby Butler goal at even strength, they led 1-0 heading into the intermission. T.J. Oshie scored on the powerplay and David Backes scored his 14th goal of the year, this one shorthanded, to make it 3-0. Cam Ward stopped 27 of 28 Guerriero shots. Only Marc Letestu was able to beat him.

Geneva 2, Bratislava 0 – Valeri Nichushkin scored on a rebound of a Wojtek Wolski backhand about 7 minutes into the second period of a scoreless game and the Generals then turned all-defensive like. The shot count was pretty even until that point. In the third period, Geneva employed a neutral zone trap and only fired one shot at the opposing net. The ploy worked to perfection. Frederik Andersen held firm, not giving up any goals and Darren Helm added an insurance goal. It was Andersen’s second shutout of the season and of his two-season career. Geneva’s Nick Foligno was rough. He earned an uneccessary roughness minor, then a five-minute major for checking from behind and near the end of the game, he squared off with Christian Ehrhoff in a fight. It was one of two fights in the game.

Lisbon 5, Prague 1 – Lisbon is no fun to play in Portugal and on Thursday they took their show on the road, outshooting the Wolf Pack 40-27 in Prague. Drew Doughty scored a pair of goals for Lisbon, who built a 5-0 lead before Martin Ruzicka of Prague ruined Kari Ramo’s shutout with less than 7 minutes to play. Alexander Steen was the top scorer in the game, getting 2 assists in addition to his 14th goal of the EURO season. He also had the best plus-minus rating in the game at plus 3.

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