Meszaros leads Madrid over his boyhood team

Madrid 5, Bratislava 3 – The Madrid Royals bounced back nicely from a shutout loss to Belfast the night before by beating visiting Bratislava 5-3. The home team was down 3-1 after one period, but scored three unanswered goals and an empty-netter with 4 seconds left. Andrej Meszaros, who grew up in Slovakia just about 1:40 minutes from Bratislava, was named the game’s first star with 2 assists, 4 hits, 2 blocked shots and a plus 2 rating.

Zurich 2, St. Petersburg 1 – St. Petersburg hung in there thanks to their goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff, but his 35 saves weren’t enough to prevent the lines from taking 2 points in regulation time. Drew Stafford knocked a clearing attempt out of the air and quickly shot to beat Kiprusoff while Zurich was on the powerplay and his 19th of the season proved to be the winning goal. Stafford also assisted on Ryan Strome’s 7th goal of the year to open the scoring in the game.

Dublin 4, Copenhagen 2 – The Fighting Irish scored three goals in a 1:20 span of the first period, and Copenhagen made it close with two goals in the third period, but Dublin’s Milan Michalek scored on the powerplay to erase all doubts with a minute left. Dublin’s top line was kept off the scoreboard but four of their teammates had 2-point games: Olexander Pobyedonostsev, James Van Riemsdyk, T.J. Galiardi and Michalek. Former Irish goalie Tim Thomas made 24 for the Tridents, while Brian Elliott, who was a Trident last year, won with 28 saves.

Paris 7, London 2 – Paris took a 5-1 lead into the third period and coasted to a win at home. The Rouge Eiffels completely dominating the first period of the game, outshooting the Dons 17-1. The French powerplay, which is the best in the league with a 26.5 efficiency rate, was 3 for 3 with Evgeny Malkin scoring two of those goals and later added an even-strength goal to complete his hat trick. Joffrey Lupul scored twice for Paris and Kris Letang had 3 assists.

Prague 6, Geneva 2 – The Wolf Pack scored six goals in the first 37 minutes of the game and didn’t allow the Generals to score until it was way too late. Marcel Hossa had a goal and an assist, while Jason Spezza and Justin Schultz each had two assists for Prague. Wolf Pack forward Nail Yakupov had 7 shots on goal and he scored once to give him 20 goals for the first time in his career. His 41 points are also a personal best.

Athens 5, Moscow 4 – Athens’ T.J. Oshie won the game with a goal in overtime and it was his third score of the game against Moscow goalie Jaroslav Halak. Visiting Moscow outshot Athens 32-27 but they trailed the entire game until Andrew Ladd tied the game for the Bare Bear Brawlers with a third-period goal. Oshie and teammate David Backes each had 4-point games. Moscow was led by Kris Versteeg, who scored twice in the second period.

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