Bratislava 4, Prague 1 – Marian Hossa is showing no signs of aging, helping the Eagles to a win in front of the home fans in his native Slovakia Saturday. Hossa scored the game’s first goal and later, while penalty killing with Jonathan Toews, set up his centerman for his first shorthanded goal of the season and 25th of his career, which is the most ever by a EURO player. Bratislava dominated the contest, outshooting their northern neighbors 43-18. Hossa’s brother Marcel plays on the Wolf Pack’s top line and the two marked each other much of the game. Marcel Hossa and linemate Bryan Little are having nightmare seasons, if you go by the plus-minus ratings. Hossa sports a league worst minus 64 rating, while Little is just 3 goals better.
Munich 2, Paris 1 – The Rouge Eifffels came off a loss to Geneva on Thursday with a flat performance in Munich two days later. The Dire Wolf, meanwhile, won for the fourth time in six games. After a scoreless first period, Tomas Fleischmann scored for Munich, Ken Kuusk tied it for Paris a short time later, and near the end of the game, an Eric Gryba snapshot eluded Paris goalie Tuukka Rask and won it for the Bavarian squad.
Geneva 3, Milan 2 (shootout) – The Generals won their third straight game by a 3-2 score, doing it in a shootout this time against Milan. The three wins have come after a five-game losing streak for Geneva. The top scorers in the game Saturday were Milan rookie Par Arlbrandt and his defenseman Danny Deykeyser, who each had a goal and an assist. Karel Rachunek had 3 hits and 4 blocked shots for the Generals.
Gothenberg 5, Bern 4 (OT) – Bern was outshot 35-19 but got a point out of a lopsided game that ended when Jordan Eberle’s backhand shot got through Bear goalie Mike Smith. Eberle had a whale of a game, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists. Linemates Eric Staal and Patrick Marleau each had 3 points. Brent Seabrook, Matt Halischuk and Joe Thornton all had a goal and an assist for Bern.
Athens 8, London 4 – The league’s fourth-best offensive team bombed the fourth-best defensive team Saturday. David Backes and T.J. Oshie scored 5 points each in the game, with Backes notching a hat trick. His first two goals came with 47 seconds of each other and allowed his team to go in front 3-1 in the first period. London got themselves into penalty trouble early and the Greeks power play was good, connecting on 3 of 5 chances. Michael Neuwirth was left in the London goal the entire game, facing 40 Greek shots.