Geneva 3, Paris 2 – The Generals made the most of a few opportunities and got great goaltending from Frederik Andersen to turn away Paris Thursday. The Swiss team took only one penalty and got scored three straight goals in the first and second periods. Sergei Kostitsyn’s 15th of the year was the game winner. Travis Hamonic, who has only missed 5 games in his career, will miss a bunch after taking a puck off his foot. The Rouge Eiffel defenseman will miss two to three weeks.
Dublin 4, Belfast 1 – The Fighting Irish beat the league’s best team and won for the second time in two nights against teams in the British Isles. They beat London by a goal on Wednesday. Dublin dominated the first period and scored the only 3 goals of the period. They wound up outshooting the Giants 31-24 and nearly shut them out.
Bratislava 6, Gothenburg 5 – Wei Yang Zhang of Bratislava had the last word in a see-saw affair, ripping a goal with under two minutes to play. Bratislava lost 4 leads in the game and the Devils led for about the first 6 minutes of the third period. Six players scored 2 points in the game, but Carl Hagelin had the best day by far. The Gothenburg forward scored his 15th goal of the season and had 3 assists. Gothenburg goalie Pekka Rinne returned from an injury too soon, apparently. After sitting out the Devils’ all-Sweden game against Stockholm, Rinne returned to the crease Thursday but team doctors said he will miss at least today’s practice due to a “lower body” injury. Bern will come to town to play Saturday evening.
Zurich 3, Bern 1 – Ilya Kovalchuk lifted the Lions to a win with goals in the second period that tied the game and then put his team in front. Bern was the better team the first half of the game, but Zurich came on strong at the end. Playing in his 9th game ever, power forward Jimmy Hayes scored his first EURO League goal in the third period.
Milan 2, Munich 1 – The Guerriero scored twice – Par Arlbrandt and Peter Mueller cashing in – in the first few minutes and it’s good for Milan fans that they did. Munich goalie Cory Schneider settled in and held off Milan’s relentless attack the rest of the game and ended up making 39 saves. The Dire Wolf could barely muster any offense but made it a one-goal game on rookie Fyodor Malykhin’s first-period goal and thanks to Schneider, it was a cliff-hanger until the end.
Stockholm 3, Helsinki 2 – Helsinki took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Stockholm got two goals in 14 seconds to gain the lead and they held on, thanks to good goaltending by Braden Holtby. Brendan Gallagher of Stockholm scored the first goal of the game and Sean Monahan and Bobby Ryan scored in quick succession for the Eagles in the third period.