Geneva 3, Munich 0 – The Geneva Generals are the only undefeated team in the EURO League with a record that has reached 7-0. Defense and penalty killing have been the winning formula so far for Coach Brent Sutter, with the Generals allowing just 9 goals while scoring 22 this season. On Monday, the formula produced the exact outcome Sutter was after: A 3-0 shutout of Munich with the penalty killers thwarting the Dire Wolf on four powerplays. It was a battle of backup goalies, with Michael Hitchinson getting the 30-save shutout and Robert Kristan stopping 33 shots for Munich. Hutchinson and teammate Frederik Andersen have the two highest save percentages in the league right now. Geneva’s Dustin Byfuglien and Jason Garrison, who were both signed as free agents by General Manager Andy Rolling int he last two seasons, blocked 3 shots each and Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist. Geneva’s next game is Wednesday at home against their closest rival – by geography – Bern.
Bratislava 6, Prague 2 – Faceoff dominance translated into puck control and a lopsided win for Bratislava in the latest Battle of Czechoslovakia. The Eagles won 54 of 80 faceoffs in the game with captain Jonathan Toews taking 24 of 31. The Bratislava center finished with a goal and two assists in 6 shots, but the game’s first star was Keaton Ellerby of Prague Sparta who scored both of his team’s goals and had 4 shots and 4 hits.
Madrid 4, Stockholm 2 – More than 20,000 fans in Stockholm were “treated” to a game with few penalties (2) and few shots on goal (23-20 in favor of Madrid) coupled with lackluster goaltending. Their team lost by a pair of goals. Visiting Madrid built a 3-0 lead on goals by Patrik Berglund, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, with David Schlemko makng the night “just perfect” for the Eagle fans by scoring an empty goal for the Royals with a second left. David Krejci set up both Stockholm goals, finished off by Brendan Gallagher and then John Klingberg.
Lisbon 4 , Minsk 2 – John Tavares led Lisbon H.C. to a win at home, beating Minsk by two goals. It was goalie Carey Price and the Hussars’ first loss of the season. Tavares scored a pair of goals and assisted on the final tally of the night. Matt Moulson had three assists for Lisbon, which moves to 6-1 this season. Michael Del Zotto of Minsk had 4 shot blocks and teammate Patrick Kane scored twice to give him 5 this season.
Copenhagen 5, Dublin 2 – Five different Trident players scored goals and for three of them – Matthieu Perreault, Damian Brunner and Kevin Bieksa – it was their first tallies of the year. Teammates Brandon Dubinsky and Johnny Gaudreau each scored his third of the year. Andres De La Garma looked sharp and acrobatic in goal for the Tridents, stopping 23 Irish shots and earning the first star of the game honor. James Wisniewski, who is not known for his defense, blocked 5 shots and delivered 5 hits for Dublin.
Athens 4, Gothenburg 2 – The Greeks were outshot 33-25, took four more penalties than their opponent, but they still managed a pretty impressive road win in Gothenburg. The Swedish host team jumped in front in the first minute on a Carl Hagelin goal, but by the end of the first, Athens had a one-goal lead. Matt Calvert of Gothenberg beat Athens goalie Jaroslav Halak in the second to tie the game, but Halak and his Greek teammates were air-tight from that point on. Big Swedish defenseman Staffan Kronwall, who grew up outside of Stockholm, scored the game-winning goal a little more than 7 minutes into the third period. After winning its first five games of the season, Frolunda has dropped the last two.