Chudinov suspended; hat trick for Downie

Russian defenseman Maxim Chudinov is just 22, but he has already put together three straight seasons of 100 minutes or more in penalties. On Tuesday, he overdid it and got another penalty that costs him much more than two minutes.  In the first period, Morgan Rielly of the Oslo Outlaws fell to the ice and Minsk’s Chudinov dropped on top of him – like a professional wrestler – leading with a knee to Rielly’s back. Chudinov was immediately kicked out of the game, which Minsk won 3-1. Rielly was also lost – to injury – and is out of action for a few games. League Director of Player Safety and Discipline Sepp Blatter suspended Chudinov for a game. The Hussars will do without the defenseman  Chudinov for Saturday’s game against Sidney Crosby and the Edinburgh Capitals.

Wednesday’s games

Belfast 4, Edinburgh 1 – Two teams that exchanged marquee players earlier this season met on the ice Wednesday and Claude Giroux’s new team beat Sidney Crosby’s former team 4-1. Neither superstar center scored a point, but Nathan MacKinnon hit the 30-goal plateau for Belfast to start the Giants rolling in the first period. Jamie Benn had seven shots on goal for Edinburgh, but he couldn’t get one past Jonathan Quick in the Belfast goal. Sinc e the trade, Giroux has scored 17 points for Belfast and is -4; while Crosby’s Edinburgh career includes 12 points in 13 games and a -2 rating.

Madrid 4, Zurich 3 – The Royals got a big third-period goal from defenseman Erik Karlsson – his 9th of the season – and won at home. Drew Stafford and Ryan Strome each had a goal and an assist for the visiting Lions and that helped them go into the third period with a 3-2 lead. But in 20 minutes of furious back-and-forth action, Madrid scored twice and goalie Robin Lehner battoned down the hatches to secure the Madrid win.

Gothenburg 5, Geneva 3 – A five-and-a-half-minute stretch of the second period was the difference in a game that Frolunda seemed to dominate. They outshot the host Generals 44-24 overall but it wasn’t until Petr Vrana poked a loose puck past Geneva goalie Frederik Andersen that the tide turned. Vrana’s 17th goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie and it sparked a three-goal outburst that saw teammates Carl Hagelin and Mikko Koivu also score. Defensemen Kevin Dallman and Marc-Eduoard Vlasic were plus 3 for Gothenburg.

Prague 4, London 1 – Prague goalie Calvin Pickard stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead Sparta past the Dons. London scored the game’s first goal when Dmitri Orlov scored on a powerplay, but Prague beat goalie Martin Jones four times after that. Prague’s Marcus Johansson scored twice, Keaton Ellerby had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists.

Berlin 3, Munich 2 – Berlin had to mount a comeback, but they won a battle of German teams. Venerable Henrik Sedin put Munich in front 2-1 in the second period, but in the third, Nicklas Hjalmarsson and David Krejci scored for the Smurfs. Hjalmarsson also assisted on Krejci’s goal and the Swedish defenseman was named the game’s number one star.

Helsinki 6, Copenhagen 2 – Steve Downie scored three times and added an assist to power Helsinki past the Tridents in Denmark. Thomas Vanek added 3 assists for the Jokerit, who gave Copenhagen’s powerplay units plenty of chances to score on goalie Chad Johnson, The Tridents were 1 for 10 with the man advantage. Downie is the first Jokerit player to hit the 20-goal mark this season.


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