London 6, Edinburgh 2 – Taylor Hall simply had enough of this losing stuff. The London Dons had lost 6 straight games heading into Wednesday’s game in Edinburgh. And then Edinburgh’s Adam Larsson scored to put London down by a goal in the middle of the first period. Nearly 10 minutes later, Hall started his heroic performance to break the losing trend. He scored on a wrist shot after taking a pass from Rick Nash, then fed a pass to Nash 10 seconds later and … (poof!) … London was suddenly ahead. Olivier Roland took a penalty not long after that and the Dons’ powerplay went to work with Hall finishing off a play to score his second of the game and 15th of the year. The Dons led 4-2 when the third period began and Hall scored two more goals to give him 4 goals and 2 assists for the game. He is now fourth in the league in points and fifth in the league in goals. Linemates Jeff Skinner and Nash did well too, notching 5 and 4 points, respectively. Claude Giroux and Jamie Benn had two assists apiece for the Caps.
Geneva 4, Munich 1 – The Generals lost to Munich by a goal twice in the last two weeks. On Wednesday in Bavaria, the Gens were really ready to go. Geneva outshot the home team in every period and got stellar goaltending from Frederik Andersen. Nick Foligno and Sergei Mozyakin led the way with a goal and an assist each as well as 9 shots between them, while Sergei Kostitsyn had two assists. Other standout stats were Gerhard Unterluggauer’s 7 hits for Geneva and John Moore’s 4 blocked shots for Munich.
Athens 5, Prague 2 – The Greek powerplay scored three times in six attempts and that was the difference in the game played in Prague. Tomas Vincour scored for Athens to break a 2-2 tie in the second period and Athens’ Nicklas Kronwall and Anze Kopitar added goals before the period was over. Kopitar was dominant. He led all skaters in shots with 8, points with 4, and he won 23 of 33 faceoffs. Dmitri Kulikov had 4 shot blocks for Prague.
Bern 1, Dublin 0 – Jan Laco made 29 saves and shut out the Fighting Irish, facing six Dublin powerplays in the process. Andrei Kostitsyn scored the game’s only goal when he chopped a Radim Vrbata rebound over sprawled-out Dublin goalie Brian Elliott. It was Laco’s first shutout of the season and first since he recorded 3 of them in Season 4. The 30-year-old Slovakian is having his best season ever. His 91.2 save percentage is 1.9 points better than his previous best, and his 2.50 goals against average is nearly three-fourths of a goal better than his all-time best average.
Madrid 3, Copenhagen 0 – The Royals played a beautiful game Wednesday at home, outshooting the Tridents 38-20 and helping Darcy Kuemper to his first shutout in 7 EURO League games. Madrid has been streaky this month, winning 4 straight, then losing 4 straight and now winning the last two games. Madrid had a hard time beating Copenhagen goalie Andres De Le Garma, but they scored once in each period, the last two tallies coming on the powerplay.
Gothenburg 3, Zurich 2 (OT-SO) – The Lions outshot visiting Gothenburg 39-28 but they needed a powerplay goal out of Ilya Kovalchuk in the third period to salvage a point in the encounter. Zurich’s Drew Stafford opened the scoring in the first period, but Frolunda got even before intermission thanks to Anthony Nigro’s third goal of the season. In the second, the visitors took the lead when Dan Girardi shot through a screen to beat Lion goalie Jeff Zatkoff. The Tridents seemed to go into a defensive shell in the third period, but a Matt Calvert tripping call ruined the strategy and put Kovalchuk and crew onto the ice with a man advantage and they tied the game. Zurich had a glorious chance to win the game in overtime after penalties to Mikko Koivu and Adam Henrique left Gothenburg a man down for 4 of the 5 minutes.In the shootout, Jordan Eberle scored for Gothenburg and his goalie, Pekka Rinne, stopped all three Zurich shooters.