Shorthanded goals help Gothenburg

Gothenburg 3, St. Petersburg 2 (OT-SO) – All four goals scored in Tuesday’s game occurred while St. Petersburg had a man advantage: two powerplay goals by the Red Stars and two shorthanded goals by Frolunda. After a conservative overtime period, the game had to be decided in a shootout, with Adam Henrique and Carl Hagelin scoring on Jacob Markstrom to win it. The only St. Petersburg shooter to score against Pekka Rinne in the shootout was Wayne Simmonds. Penalty killing has been a strength of Gothenburg’s this season, as they currently sit in 9th place in the league in that stat category after finishing 13th in that column in Season 5. Henrique and John Carlson both scored shorthanded goals for Frolunda against the Red Stars and both men now have 3 shorthanded goals this season. The league’s leader is Paul Stastny of Helsinki, who also scored a shorthanded goal Tuesday and now has 8 for the season, putting him 2 behind the league record, set in Season 3 by Bratislava’s Jonathan Toews.

Helsinki 6, Milan 1 – The Guerriero had trouble getting to rebounds and sustaining pressure on Helsinki goalie Henrik Lundquist and the story was different at the other end of the rink. Paul Stastny opened the scoring with a first-period shorthanded goal and his Jokerit teammates got on a roll in the second, scoring three times and putting Milan in a position where they had to play a risky style for the rest of the game. Steve Downie led all skaters in points with 3: a goal and two assists. Milan was afforded 8 powerplays but couldn’t score.

Prague 4, Bratislava 3 – After a 3-3 first period and a scoreless second period, Viktor Arvidsson gave Prague a win and evened the series between the former Czechoslovakian cities at 2-2 this season. After Prague’s J.T. Miller crashed the Bratislava net, Eagle goalie Marc-Andre Fleury thought he had the puck covered, when in fact it was sitting next to him. Arvidsson’s stick blade beat Karl Alzner’s stick to the puck and the Wolf Pack player tapped in the eventual winning goal. Alzner’s defense partner, Tyler Myers, scored twice in the game for Bratislava and he now has 12 goals this season. He will have to accomplish that feat a few more times if he hopes to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third straight season. For Prague, nine different players had a point and Alex Galchenyuk had 2, both assists. With the win, Prague moved ahead of Bratislava and Lisbon into 5th place in the Southern Conference standings.

Stockholm 4, Bern 1 – Eric Staal scored a pair of goals to pace the Eagles past the Bears. Luke Adam and Jeff Carter also scored for the home team, while Bern’s goal was scored by Radim Vrbata, his 19th of the year. Bern had four more powerplay chances in the game, but they just had trouble generating offense.

Minsk 5, Munich 4 (OT-SO) – In a furious 65 minutes, Minsk looked cooked but they somehow pulled the game out for a win. The Dire Wolf led 4-0 with a little more than 13 minutes left when the league’s leading scorer triggered Minsk’s comeback. Nicklas Backstrom put a powerplay shot past Cory Schneider for his 45th tally of the year. Then, Backstrom set up linemate Patrick Kane twice and Milan Lucic once for goals and the game was tied. Kane and Backstrom were foiled in the shootout, but defenseman Max Chudinov kept the team alive and Gustav Nyquist won it in the fourth round. Munich got two goals apiece from Fyodor Malykhin and Tomas Fleischmann.

Belfast 6, Edinburgh 1 – The Giants dominated at home, outshooting the visitors 36-20. If the game was set to last 30 seconds instead of 20 minutes, then Edinburgh would have won. Former Belfast star Sidney Crosby was able to set up winger Jamie Benn for a goal just 26 seconds into the game. But less than 6 minutes later, Ondrej Palat scored and Belfast was on their way. Palat scored three in the game and he now has 22 this year. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Nathan MacKinnon also had 3 points for Belfast, while former Cap Claude Giroux added a goal and an assist.





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