Malkin looks like man on a mission

Paris 6, Milan 4 – Evgeny Malkin looks like he’s a man on a mission this season. The 30-year-old whose worst season thus far in the league was when he produced “only” 99 points in Paris’ Cup-winning season, is on pace for a personal best 138 points and he is the league’s leading scorer right now. Malkin scored a hat trick Thursday to power Paris past Milan in Italy. It seemed like Paris used a sneak attack strategy to win. In the first period, the visiting Rouge Eiffels poured 19 shots on Milan goalie Andrew Hammond, but the young netminder fended off all but Malkin’s wrist shot early in the period. In the second period, Paris seemed to put Hammond off balance, getting just 6 shots on him. Paris’ success rate was astronomical. They scored 4 goals in that period, with Malkin completing the hat trick in the last half-minute of the frame. Paris slowed the tempo more in the third period and coasted to the win. Milan defenseman Danny Dekeyser  was very productive for the Guerriero, assisting on three goals, one at even strength, one shorthanded and one on the powerplay. Paris, meanwhile leads the league in points and their offense has been stunning. In Season 4, the Rougue Eiffels set a league record with 4.16 goals per game. This year, they are scoring at a rate of 4.68 per game. The next highest-scoring team is Moscow and Paris has scored 16 more goals than them in 22 games.

St. Petersburg 5, Dublin 3 – The Red Stars posted their second 5-3 win over an Ahearne Division opponent in 48 hours. Brock Nelson scored St. Petersburg’s first two goals but Dublin was able to tie the game after each one, with star winger Alexander Ovechkin assisting on goals by Ryan Kesler and Cody Hodgson. But in the dying seconds of the second period, Jan Kovar scored and then defenseman Brenden Dillon blasted home a slapshot about 3 and a half minutes into the third period, giving the Red Stars the room they would need to fend off Dublin. Nelson and Mats Zuccarello, who played on the fourth line with Devante Smith-Pelly, each had 3 points in the game.

Lisbon 5, Bern 2– Since their 7-2 loss at the hands of the Bern Bears 9 days ago, Lisbon HC has turned their season around, reeling off 5 straight wins. Their win over the Bears in Portugal was even for a period and then very one-sided. Lisbon outshot Bern 28-8 over the last two periods after a first period that saw both teams score a goal and get 5 shots on net. John Tavares led all in scoring with 3 points, while linemates Steven Stamkos and Marian Hossa, as well as defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, all scored 2 points. The quick 10 points in 5 games puts Lisbon in 7th place in the Southern Conference and in 6th place in Websim Power Rankings.

Madrid 4, Munich 2 – The Royals nearly doubled the Dire Wolf’s shot total in their two-goal win Thursday. But the score was close throughout and it was even tied 2-2 with 4 minutes remaining. The deciding goal was scored after Munich’s Filip Forsberg tried to make a drop pass in the Madrid end. Chris Stewart of Madrid got to the puck first and started a clean 3-on-2 break up ice with linemates Derek Roy and Alexander Steen. Steen held onto the puck as he moved toward the left goal post and at the last minute slid a pass to Derek Roy and the 33-year-old center pushed the puck past goalie Robert Kristan. Kristan made 35 saves in the loss. Roy is playing on his fifth team in six seasons. He is starting his time as a Royal well, with 8 goals, a 16.0 shooting percentage and plus 2 rating. But he won’t come close to matching his best EURO season, which was Season 2 with Copenhagen when he tallied 31 goals and 83 points.

Minsk 2, Stockholm 1 – The fans and players of the Stockholm Eagles have to feel as though they were robbed Thursday. The team outshot visiting Minsk 42-22 and were shutting them out until Nicklas Backstrom and Colin Wilson scored goals to silence the crowd. Cam Fowler scored Stockholm’s lone goal, his second of the year, in the second period. The goal came on one of Stockholm’s 4 powerplay opportunities and Minsk was wise not to allow them more than that because Stockholm has the best PP percentage in the league right now. Carey Price, Minsk’s starting goalie who ranks 4th in save percentage in the EURO, stopped 41 shots to earn the win. Bobby Ryan and Jeff Carter, playing on different lines, each had 7 shots on goal for Stockholm. The Eagles will have to play without Derick Brassard for a few games. The left wing who has 19 points in 22 games, took a puck off the ankle and has been shelved by the team doctor. Stockholm has four left wings on the depth chart who are waiting to see EURO action for the first time, but Riley Nash, a right wing, is already on the scratch list and could be inserted into the lineup to save money.

Gothenburg 3, Prague 2 – The line of Jordan Eberle, Adam Henrique and Petr Vrana continues to be a strong weapon for Gothenburg as Frolunda was able to squeak past Prague in a visit to the Czech Republic. Eberle broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period of a game that saw a small number of shots on goal. Gothenburg outshot Prague 21-19. Henrique put Gothenburg in front with the lone goal of the first period, but Nail Yakupov scored his 7th to tie it in the second. Dan Girardi scored for Frolunda to give them another lead, but Sparta tied it again with a third period goal by defenseman Dmitri Kulikov. Girardi ended up leading everyone in the game in two categories with 5 shots and 3 blocked shots

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