Berlin 5, Bern 1 – New General Manager Paja Jansson of Bern made the same mistake many other GMs have made in the EURO League’s history: he made the Smurfs angry and then paid for it. Jansson posted a photo of the Interrail locomotive about to crush a line of
Smurfs. That made the Smurfs angry, my friends, and the angry Smurfs did some crushing of their own come game time. Logan Couture scored twice on Mike Smith and continued a marvelous start to the season. Couture has scored at least a goal in all 5 games this year and he has 8 already. His angry teammates weren’t too kind to Bern either, outshooting the visitors 35-19. Natually, the world’s greatest hockey player, Erik Forssell, scored a goal. The game was an ugly, vicious one featuring 16 penalties including a major penalty by each side in the first period and a fight between Bern’s Olli Malmivaara and Berlin’s Erik Gudbranson in the second period. The general managers even threw schnitzels at each other in the luxury boxes. The two teams will play against each other once each week for the next three weeks.
Zurich 3, Madrid 2 (OT-SO) – Four of five Zurich shooters scored in the shootout to give the Lions a win at home after fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Royals in regulation time. T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for the winners and teammate Derick Brassard assist on both of the team’s goals. Chris Kreider did a lot for Madrid’s cause, scoring both Royal goals and also scoring in the shootout. It was Zurich’s first win of the season.
Helsinki 5, Bratislava 3 – The Jokerit handed Bratislava its first loss, taking a 3-1 lead in a hard-fought first period and then showing better endurance by dominating the Eagles in the third. Cody Eakin scored shorthanded to open the scoring and Jason Spezza added a pair of goals for Helsinki, which out-hit Bratislava 28-22. Alexander Radulov scored once on 7 shots and led everyone in hits with 5.
Oslo 3, Edinburgh 1 – Connor McDavid and Semyon Varlamov were the difference in a game in which the Outlaws were out-shot 39-18. McDavid scored three times and Varlamov turned aside 38 shots including 5 by Jamie Benn and 4 by Sam Reinhart. McDavid took 6 shots on Cap goalie Jakub Kovar and the young Outlaw won 17 of the 29 faceoffs he took.
Geneva 4, Dublin 1 – The Generals continue their strong play, outshooting the Irish 35-20 and remaining undefeated through 5 games. Dylan Larkin of Geneva scored to break a 1-1 tie in the second period and in the third period, Matt Read added two insurance goals for the Generals. James Van Riemsdyk scored Dublin’s lone goal.
Copenhagen 6, Stockholm 2 – After being out-shot 15-9 in the opening period, Copenhagen turned things around, out-shooting Stockholm 17-5 and 14-6 in the last two periods. The Tridents’ top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Brandon Dubinsky and Devin Steoguchi scored a pair of goals on 12 shots, while third-line right wing Drew Shore scored his first two goals of the year and went over the 100-point mark in his career. Stockholm is struggling out of the gate as one of two teams in the league without a win so far.