Helm sparks Geneva over Moscow

Geneva 3, Moscow 2 – Darren Helm and linemate Val Nichushkin had a big hand in keeping the Generals undefeated through 3 games. Helm scored his first two goals of the season with assists from Nichushkin on both. Helm also won 14 of 16 faceoffs. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for Dynamo.

Dublin 5, London 2 – The fighting Irish got two goals early at home and never let London back into the game. James Van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel each scored his first of the season in the first period to get Dublin rolling. Cody Hodgson assisted on both first-period goals and then added one of his own in the second. Dublin outshot London 38-20. For London, Jeff Skinner had two assists.

Gothenburg 3, Stockholm 2 (OT) – The Battle of Sweden was tied at the end of regulation but it ended in overtime in Frolunda’s favor thanks to a goal by fourth-line center Louis Leblanc, who somehow found himself on the ice during a Gothenburg powerplay.  Leblanc might have been rewarded ice time for assisting on a Mark Fraser goal with four minutes remaining that tied the game at 2-2 and forced overtime. Stockholm’s Braden Holtby was the busier of the two goalies, making 35 saves.

Edinburgh 3, Lisbon 2 – Despite being out-shot 36-21 by visiting Lisbon, Edinburgh came away with a win in regulation time. Sam Reinhart scored a goal for the Capitals less than a minute into the game and second-period goals by Mike Hoffman and Martin Thornberg made it 3-1. Luka Gracnar was named the game’s first star after stopping 34 Lisbon shots. Working with John Tavares helped Matt Moulson when the two were in the NHL with the Islanders and the magic might be back in Portugal. Moulson scored twice in the game and he now has 4 goals in the season’s first 3 games.

Bratislava 4, Copenhagen 1 – Marc-Andre Fleury put in his second strong performance this season for Bratislava, keeping Copenhagen to one goal – scored by Devin Setoguchi – in Denmark. The Eagles’ offense came from Andreas Jamtin, Brent Burns, Zemgus Girgensons and Philip Larsen, who was playing in his native country. Jonathan Toews took six shots for Bratislava and he blocked 5 shots taken by Trident players.

Minsk 6, Bern 2 – For the second straight game, Milan Lucic scored a hat trick to lead Minsk to a win. Centers Nicklas Backstrom and Jordan Staal each had 3 points for the Hussars, while Henrik Zetterberg had 2 for Bern. A lot of Minsk’s offensive pressure came off the sticks of Patrick Kane and Thomas Powell, who each had 7 shots on goal and ended with a point each.

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