Berlin 5, Munich 2 – This doesn’t sound right, but it’s true: With every team one game into the season, Aleksey Bykov has already scored the first goal of the season for two different teams. He opened the game’s scoring for Prague in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, was traded to Berlin not long after the game, flew to Berlin, and scored Berlin’s first goal against Munich on Wednesday. For an encore, he scored the game-winning goal with about three minutes left in the game and added an assist a minute later.
Bern 6, Zurich 3 – A wild first period saw Bern score three times in 6 minutes to take control and make the Lions play catch-up. Bern ended up out-shooting their fellow Swiss by a 37-17 count. Interrail defensemen Jamie McBain and Dmitri Orlov were both plus 4 in a game that featured 13 penalties.
Copenhagen 4, Belfast 3 (OT-SO) – Roberto Luongo outdueled Jonathan Quick in the shootout, as Johnny Gaudreau and newcomers Alex Steen and Brandon Dubinsky scored in regulation for a Copehagen team trying to establish a new offensive system. Defenseman P.K. Subban had a goal and 4 blocked shots for the Giants.
Bratislava 3, London 2 (OT) – Newly acquired Alexander Ovechkin scored twice for Bratislava including the winner in overtime. Center Milan Gulas and defenseman Patrick Wiercoch also had two points for the Eagles, while Brandon Saad and Sam Gagner each had a goal and an assist for the Dons.
Gothenburg 7, Dublin 3 – Even through Dublin had 10 more shots on goal than did Gothenburg, the Irish could not solve the Adam Henrique-to-Petr Vrana passing plays that led to a Vrana hat trick. John Carlson of Frolunda was an impressive plus 5 with 7 hits in an incredible 36 minutes of ice time. Conversely, Ryan Murray and Olexander Pobyedonostsev had miserable minus 4 nights for Dublin. Pekka Rinne made 41 saves for Gothenburg.
Paris 5, Stockholm 1 – The Rouges Eiffels bombarded Braden Holtby in the Stockholm net with 61 shots, getting goals from five different players. Evgeny Malkin was the best offensive player in the game with 8 shots on goal, a goal and an assist. Paris teammates Joffrey Lupul and Kyle Turris had 2 assists apiece.