Backes helps Athens pull out late win

Athens 3, Edinburgh 2 – The Greeks had to pull one out in the third period at home against the Capitals. David Backes scored his 28th of the season late and that was the winner. The captain who had 10 shots on goal is shooting for his fifth straight season of 30 goals or more. The Greeks are 7th best in the EURO League and pretty securely locked into fourth place in the Southern Conference. With 17 games remaining, the Caps are 3 points out of the playoffs and in order to get in, they need Dublin and St. Petersburg to falter.

Belfast 2, Stockholm 1 – The Eagles outplayed the Giants for much of the game, but Belfast goalie Jon Quick was too tough. Nazem Kadri’s unassisted goal late in the final period broke a 1-1 tie and brought Belfast its 101st and 102nd points of the season to put them 10 points in front in the President’s Trophy race. Kadri is now tied with Sidney Crosby and James Neal for second on the Giants in scoring. All three men have 60 points, while Alexander Ovechkin has 64.

Bratislava 6, Prague 5 – Bratislava broke out of an 8-game losing streak that included 3 losses to the ugly, hated Smurfs with 6 goals at home against Prague. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa had 4 points each and Wei Yang Zhang scored 3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 20th goal of the season for Prague on a powerplay, but the Wolf Pack could have really used more goals while they had the extra-man advantage. Their powerplay was 1-for-9 in the game.

Lisbon 5, Berlin 4 – Steven Stamkos scored twice to lead Lisbon over Berlin despite the fact the Smurfs had 43 shots on goal to Lisbon’s 21. Stamkos now has 48 goals this season to lead the league by a 12-goal margin in that category. Jiri Tlusty of Berlin was the game’s first star with 3 points. Berlin is the second-best team in the league right now and Lisbon has climbed to third in the overall standings.

Copenhagen 5, London 3 – The Dons could managed just 12 shots on Tim Thomas in the Copenhagen net, leaving the Tridents time to fire away at London’s Martin Jones. Josh Holden scored a pair of goals for the winners and his second goal of the game and 9th of the season broke a 3-3 tie in the third period. Copenhagen probably won’t qualify for the playoffs but the game was a blow to the Dons who are struggling with Helsinki in the middle of the Northern Conference playoff picture. Daniel Sedin, London’s 25-goal left winger hurt a finger in the game and will miss time. London still has Taylor Hall and Brandon Saad on the left side but Sedin is an important member of the club.

Paris 6, Dublin 3 – The Rouge Eiffels continued their dominance at home, outshooting Dublin 47-18. In 33 home games, Paris has only lost one game in regulation time while playing in front of their raucous fans. On Tuesday, they trailed by a goal twice before Justin Williams and crew turned it on in the third period. Williams assisted on a Kyle Turris goal that tied the game 3-3 and then he assisted on Josef Vasicek’s 23rd of the season. Paris added insult to insult with an empty-net goal with one minute remaining and a Corey Perry empty-net goal just before the buzzer sounded. Damn Malkin had 3 assists in the game and he is third in the league in both assists and points.

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