Twins playing more like distant relatives

Athens 5, Munich 1 – When Tomas Fleischmann found out his Munich Dire Wolf had acquired Daniel Sedin, planned to pair him with his twin Henrik and give Fleischmann the right wing on that line, he probably said, “Oh great! I get to play with the Sedin twins!” Now he’s probably saying sarcastically, “Oh great. I get to play with the Sedin twins.” Through 8 games at about 16 minutes of ice time per game, the trio has played like the Three Stooges and the twins’ chemistry has been non-existent. Daniel has scored two goals, but brother Henrik wasn’t in on either. In fact, Henrik is still looking for point number one this season. So is Fleischmann. On Tuesday, Munich took it on the chin in Greece, getting outshot 40-23 and the game was just about out of reach 12 minutes into the second period. Munich seemed to give up at that point and were outshot in the third period 21-4, but ironically, that’s when they scored their only goal. Perhaps it’s a sign they are gripping the sticks too hard.  Vadim Shipachyov, Brandon Sutter and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Greeks, while teammate Anze Kopitar had two assists.


Prague Sparta defenseman Vladimir Roth

Stockholm 6, Prague 4 – The Eagles dominated the shots on goal total, especially in the third period when they put 14 shots on the Prague net and gave up just one on their own. But two of the game’s three periods were dead even. A three-goal outburst in the second period was the key and it allowed Stockholm to surge to a 5-2 lead. The offensive stars for Stockholm were David Krejci (3 assists), Mats Zuccarello (2 goals), and Eric Staal and Bobby Ryan (each had a goal and an assist as well as 4 hits). Young Czech defenseman Vladimir Roth scored his first two goals of the season for Prague.

Dublin 5, London 2 – Martin Jones has started all eight games this season for the London Dons and on Tuesday, he looked exhausted. Jones allowed 5 goals on 23 shots and his team’s 40-23 shot advantage went for naught. Jones was added to the team’s injury list after the game. Renat Mamashev of Dublin was the game’s first star with a goal and two assists and the 29-year-old Russian defenseman now has 6 points in 8 games. Jordan Schroeder and Hampus Lindholm had two assists each for Dublin.

Lisbon 4, Copenhagen 3 (OT) – Jared Spurgeon scored in overtime to give the home fans in Portugal reason to cheer. Spurgeon now has 5 goals this season, the most among all EURO defensemen by two goals over several other players. In regulation time, Marian Hossa scored a pair of goals for Lisbon  including the game-tying tally, while teammate Steven Stamkos had the other. Copenhagen’s goals all came within an 8-minute stretch of the first period. Chris Higgins tallied twice and Johnny Gaudreau notched his fourth of the season.

St. Petersburg 5, Oslo 2 – The Krasnyye Zvezdy fired off 15 shots each period and dominated from start to finish. Tyler Bozak scored the first and last goals of the game and he now has 6 for the season. Jonathan Huberdeau scored a pair of goals 1:18 apart in the second period and both were powerplay goals – the first was a 5-on-3 situation – and both goals included assists by Jan Kovar.

Minsk 5, Edinburgh 1 – The game was tied 1-1 after a period, but Minsk pulled away with four second-period goals. Defenseman Maxim Chudinov had 2 goals and 2 assists in the contest. Second-liners Jordan Staal and Thomas Powell finished with 2 points each while the league’s leading scorer, Minsk’s Milan Lucic, scored an unassisted goal, his 8th of the season. Jamie Benn of Edinburgh got off the schneid by scoring his first goal of the season. The Caps’ top line has been impotent thus far. Sid Crosby has 3 points, while Benn and Sam Reinhart have 2 each.


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