Zurich 3, Bern 2 – The first period was a deflating one for the Bears and they never really recovered against their fellow Swiss. Bern came out strong in the beginning, outshooting the Lions 13-5 in the first period while Zurich seemed to be busy digging themselves a hole to climb out of. While killing their second penalty of the period, Zurich struck first when a long Braydon Coburn shot with Michael Frolik screening Bern goalie Jan Laco went in. The Lions killed off the rest of the penalty, and goalie Jeff Zatkoff kept the Zurich door slammed shut for more than the first half of the game. When Bern finally cracked the code and got one past Zatkoff, courtesy of Matt D’Agostin1, Zurich deflated them again by regaining the lead less than two minutes later. In the third period, Bern just didn’t have it. Zurich outshot them 12-2, took a 3-1 lead on a Jussi Jokinen goal and after Brooks Laich scored his 7th of the season for Bern to make it 3-2, Zurich really tightened up and killed what little momentum Bern had.
Munich 5, Bratislava 2 – Cory Schneider was asked to play two nights in a row and he ended up being the key to red-hot Munich’s win in Slovakia. Schneider made 32 saves as his team was being outshot 34-17. He was voted the game’s first star, a day after he shut out Madrid. The Sedin twins faced each other and both scored in the game. Henrik scored his 10th of the season, opening the scoring for Munich, while brother Daniel’s 9th of the season tied the score at 2-2 with 9:36 to play in the third period. Tomas Fleischmann was in on the next two goals – scored by Sean Monahan and Josh Bailey – as the Dire Wolf pulled away. It was Munich’s sixth consecutive victory and they have moved into 7th place overall. For Bratislava coach Brent Sutter, it was a moral victory of sorts because none of his players did anything to warrant a suspension hearing. Three Eagles have been suspended this season.
Milan 5, Stockholm 3 – Just as the Swedish fans in Stockholm were going crazy celebrating two third-period goals by their team and anticipating a game-tying goal any second, Andrew MacDonald silenced them with one swing of his stick. With about 4 minutes remaining, Milan gained the Eagles zone and Tyler Johnson laid off a pass back to the point and MacDonald one-timed it. The puck blew over Erik Ersberg’s stick-side shoulder and into the net to give the Guerriero a 4-2 lead. Stockholm didn’t quit, but unfortunately for them, neither did Marcus Kruger and Niklas Danielsson, who combined for a goal to extend the lead to 5-3 with less than 3 minutes to play. Milan’s defensemen should get a lot of credit for the win. Three of them – Danny Dekeyser, Brent Seabrook and Luca Sbisa – combined for a total of 13 hits and 6 blocked shots. MacDonald, 30, now has 6 goals this season and he has been a model of consistency, scoring between 30 and 32 points in each of the previous five seasons.
St. Petersburg 3, Moscow 2 (OT) – Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice in the game and his second goal came with less than a minute to go in overtime. St. Petersburg controlled most of the game and outshot visiting Spartak 43-23, making Moscow goalie Alexander Salak the building’s second-busiest man, next to the guy manning the vodka stand. After Huberdeau scored on a powerplay against the best shorthanded team in the EURO League, St. Pete led 2-0, but a Kris Versteeg goal in the third period tied it and forced overtime.
Belfast 2, Dublin 0 – Jonathan Quick was stubborn enough Tuesday to give Belfast a win in a battle between the league’s two Irish teams. The Giant goalie made 30 saves in the game to earn shut out number 3 this season and 29 in his career. His reach-behind-the-back glove save on Ryan Kesler early in the first period was his best save and seemed to be a tone-setter. Nazem Kadri and defenseman Cody Franson scored for the Giants. Jonathan Bernier, in the Dublin net, made 31 saves.
Helsinki 4, Copenhagen 2 – The Jokerit were like a Finnish tidal wave that the Tridents just could not stand up to. Helsinki outshot Copenhagen 30-9 through the first two periods and then 18-10 in the third period. Steve Downie scored his 14th goal of the season in the first period to kick things off for Helsinki and by the time Ville Peltonen – who like many other players in the league is a former Trident – scored with 5 minutes to play in the second, it was 4-0. Jared Cowen, a Jokerit defenseman, led everyone in scoring with 2 assists. Copenhagen goalie Roberto Luongo turned away 44 shots in the loss.