Oslo 4, Belfast 3 (OT) – Zach Parise took a cool pass from Connor McDavid and backhanded the game-winning goal over Jonathan Quick’s shoulder to end the contest in overtime. It was Parise’s second tally of the game. Oslo got a gift goal in the second period when Quick mishandled the puck at the side of the net and it slipped in front where Tomas Hertl poked it in to give Oslo their first lead of the game. Nardo Nagtzaam scored for Belfast, his third goal in two games. Giants defenseman Micki Dupont got into his second fight in the three-game-old season and Belfast had a tough time with Semyon Varlamov, the Outlaw goalie who saved 37 shots.
Madrid 5, St. Petersburg 2 – Erik Karlsson scored a hat trick and Madrid looked like they were in control the entire game, out-shooting the Red Stars 45-17. Karlsson and Madrid teammate Derek Stepan each had 6 shots on St. Pete’s Kari Lehtonen. Playing on Madrid’s third line with center Sean Couturier, wingers Zach Boychuk and rookie Reto Suri had two assists each. They were Suri’s first points in the EURO league. It was St. Petersburg first loss of the season.
Paris 6, Zurich 2 – If you start the season 0-2, like Zurich did, then don’t go to Paris to try to get win number one. The Rouges Eiffels didn’t dominate in the shots department like they do so often, but they rifled 6 goals past Lion goalies John Gibson and Cam Ward. Paris’ two Russian players did most of the damage, as Evgeny Malkin scored three powerplay goals and Alexander Semin scored two at even strength.
Berlin 3, Munich 1 – For the second time this week, Berlin conquered their fellow Germans and the Smurfs have moved to 3-0 on the season. Teddy Purcell scored his second goal of the season to give Munich the early lead, but Berlin countered with goals by Logan Couture, Derek Ryan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (empty net). The Smurfs should have plenty of bruises to go along with the 2 points they earned because Munich out-hit them 35-11 with Eric Gryba and Talgat Zhailauov accounting for a combined 9 hits.
Athens 6, Prague 3 – The two teams played two games in two nights in Athens and the Greeks scored 6 goals each time. Jason Pominville was the offensive star Saturday with 2 goals and 2 assists for Athens. The night before, he scored 3 points, putting him a point behind Evgeny Malkin for the league lead. Local favorite Dimitrios Kalyvas had a goal and an assist for the Greeks Saturday, as Athens out-shot Prague 43-20.
Milan 3, Helsinki 2 – Marcus Kruger assisted on a Tyler Johnson powerplay goal that opened the scoring, and then Kruger scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period. Andrew Hammond made 38 saves for Milan to earn the win and the first star honor, and his most difficult moment came with 4:27 remaining in the game and with Helsinki pressing for the equalizer. Hammond came well out of his crease to coral a loose puck and Jokerit forward Brad Marchand chopped his glove hand that was covering the puck. A near riot ensued, with Helsinki players complaining that the goalie should have received a delay of game penalty. Meanwhile, Guerriero players went after Marchand with sticks and face washes. Referee Rolf Schwarz handed out two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to Milan (one to coach Ken Hitchcock), giving Helsinki a 5-on-3 advantage. Less than a minute later, however Schwarz called Eli Sherbatov of Helsinki with delaying the game, thereby infuriating the home fans in what appeared to be a makeup call. Hammond and Milan killed off the penalty and held on for the victory.