Paris 3, Bern 1 – Mike Smith, the Bears’ goalie, kept the game close despite a large advantage in shots that the Rouge Eiffels enjoyed. The teams traded powerplay goals in the first period and the game was tied until David Bolland struck for a shorthanded goal with 7 minutes remaining in the second period. It was Bolland’s 21st goal of the season and his third shorthanded goal of the year. Bolland, 30, has bounced around the EURO League quite a bit. Paris is his fourth team, having played for Moscow, Munich and twice being traded to Copenhagen. His numbers have been consistent throughout his career aside from a monster year with Munich in Season 3, when he nearly doubled his average point production while playing plus 26 hockey. David Perron, Paris’ winger, was injured in the game and will miss significant time. Perron has scored at least 20 goals and 50 points in all 6 of his seasons with Paris. In an odd scheduling quirk, Paris plays four teams twice each in the next 10 games. Perron could miss two games against Madrid, Zurich, St. Petersburg and Milan. Perron has been the right wing on the team’s second line with Mike Richards and Alexander Semin. Coach Michel Therrien’s simplest options are to move either Lauri Korpikoski or Ryan Clowe up to that line and call up either veteran Martin Erat or youngster Jack Callow to fill the subsequent lineup hole.
Gothenburg 5, Copenhagen 4 – These teams had a pattern going. Gothenburg would take the lead with a goal, but Copenhagen would tally to tie the game. It happened at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4, but after Jordan Eberle ripped in his 29th goal of the season, time expired before the Tridents could equalize for the fifth time in the game. Six Frolunda players had 2 points in the game, while a dozen Tridents scored one point. Gothenburg is in sixth place in the Northern Conference, right on the heels of their friends from the other side of Sweden.
Dublin 2, Helsinki 1 – Helsinki were back to their hard-hitting ways, but in a low-scoring game in Ireland, Dublin came out on top. Jared Cowen delivered 7 hits for the Jokerit, who out-hit the Irish 30-18, but Dublin goalie Brian Elliott stayed focused and stopped all but one of Helsinki’s 26 shots to win the goalie duel over Henrik Lundquist.
London 6, Edinburgh 1 – The Capitals lost some valuable ground in their fight to make the playoffs. Martin Jones was solid in net for the Dons, as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and winger Tedddy Purcell provided much of the offense with 3 points each. Mark Arcobello played very well for London in his 7 minutes of ice time, getting 4 shots on goal and winning 4 of 5 faceoffs. The Caps are in 9th place in the North, three points behind Dublin, but Dublin has three more games on its remaining schedule.
Berlin 6, Milan 2 – The Italian team seemed to have little chance against the visiting Smurfs on Tuesday. Berlin and particularly Ryan Callahan came out skating and shooting, dominating the first period to the tune of 14-6 in shots. In that period, Callahan racked up 3 of the 5 points he would have on the day. Perhaps it was Callahan’s way of reminding Coach Adam Oates who the real leaders of the team are. Oates currently has Logan Couture serving as captain and he’s giving youngsters Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Aleksander Barkov some leadership experience with them serving as assistant captains. Couture and Loui Eriksson were Callahan’s regular linemates and they scored 4 and 3 points, respectively.