London 5, Edinburgh 2 – Tim Erixon was named the game’s first star, as the former bench warmer scored a goal and an assist, was plus 2 and delivered 3 hits to go along with 2 blocked shots. Five of his London teammates also had 2-point games. The Dons’ top line of Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner and Michael Grabner out-performed Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby and Sam Reinhart of Edinburgh.
St. Petersburg 5, Stockholm 4 (OT) – Russian Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the final two minutes to force overtime, and his St. Petersburg teammate Tyler Bozak scored the winner in overtime. Bozak assisted on Kovalchuk’s goal and scored the Krasnyye Zvezdy’s first goal of the game in the first period. Stockholm got off to a good start, scoring a pair of powerplay goals before the game was five minutes old, but St. Petersburg adjusted its penalty killing and climbed back into the game. Olli Maatta scored a pair of goals for the Eagles.
Paris 2, Zurich 1 – Ouch! Two games in Paris in three days? That’s not going to help any Zurich Lion player’s confidence. But Zurich came very close to tying the Rouges Eiffels this time. Evgeny Malkin scored in the first period for Paris, but Zurich blueliner Braydon Coburn beat Tuukka Rask 10 minutes later to tie it. The game-winning goal came seconds into the second period when Paris was on the powerplay and Alex Pietrangelo notched his third goal of the young season. Cam Ward made 35 saves for Zurich.
Moscow 6, Oslo 3 – Three Dynamo forwards had 2-goal games. Ryan O’Reilly, Dustin Brown and David Backes powered Moscow to the win in front of 21,052 home fans. Brown added two assists and O’Reilly fired a total of 10 shots on goal. One of Oslo’s goal scorers, Tomas Hertl, injured a knee in the third period and he will be lost to the team for about two weeks. Estonian Robert Rooba has been called up to fill the void.
Geneva 3, Berlin 2 – Geneva is one of four undefeated teams in the league after jumping out to wins in its first four games. The Smurfs gave up two early goals to the visiting Generals but fought back to tie the game early in the third period when Logan Couture collected his 6th goal of the season. A dart fired in by Nazem Kadri with just under 11 minutes to play turned out to be the game-winning goal for Geneva as goalie Michael Hutchinson slammed the door on Berlin the rest of the way, including during a two-minute stretch near the very end of the game when Geneva had to kill off a Matt Read penalty. Read played for the Smurfs for four seasons before joining the Generals in Season 5.
Gothenburg 4, Copenhagen 1 – For the second day in a row, the Tridents dropped a 4-1 game at home. Gothenburg outshot Copenhagen 40-20 but the game was close until the forward line of Jordan Eberle, Petr Vrana and Adam Henrique put together a scoring play early in the third period to open up a 3-1 lead. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves in a losing effort for Copenhagen.