Madrid 4, Paris 3 – It’s not easy to win a game in Paris if you’re the visitors, but the Royals left with 2 points Wednesday. After Patrik Berglund tied the game 3-3 in the second period, the unlikely hero for Madrid was quiet Swiss rookie Reto Suri, who beat Phillipp Grubauer after taking a pass from Sean Couturier. It was Suri’s first goal in the EURO League. Jonas Brodin scored a goal, had 4 shot blocks, 4 hits and was plus 3 for Madrid. Young right wing Jack Callow, playing in his 8th game of the year for the Rouge Eiffels, took a nasty tumble into the boards and fractured his leg on his first shift of the game. He will be out of action for up to two months. Currently, the only extra forwards in the organization are veteran centers Sergei Zinovjev and Mike Ribeiro.
Milan 5, Moscow 4 (OT-SO) – After an exciting shootout, the Milan Guerriero left Moscow with the extra point in the standings. T.J. Brennan, a Milan defenseman, scored his first two goals of the season. His first one made it 1-0 and his other goal made it 4-2 Milan. Moscow leveled the score in the third period when Dustin Brown scored his second of the game and then with a minute left, Kris Versteeg banged in a rebound of a Ryan O’Reilly shot. O’Reilly leads everyone in the league in shots on goal with 47 in 8 games. In the shootout, Moscow scored on its first two shots against Andrew Hammond, but the Milan goalie held firm for the next three shots. Tyler Johnson scored in a do-or-die situation to keep the shootout going for Milan and two rounds later, Jake Muzzin wristed one over Viktor Fasth’s shoulder to win it.
Helsinki 4, Gothenburg 3 – Henrik Lundquist looked sharp against the Swedish team, making 38 saves and earning first star honors. Helsinki led 4-1 after two periods and held on despite goals by Marc-Eduoard Vlasic and Louis Leblanc that made for a tense finish. Helsinki’s Paul Stastny and Alexander Radulov each had a goal and an assist in the game that featured a mismatch of a fight between Helsinki’s Brad Marchand and Mark Fraser of Gothenburg in the first period. The Jokerit pest pushed Gothenburg a little too far and ended up paying for it.
Belfast 5, Berlin 2 – The Giants were all over the Smurfs in Berlin Wednesday, outshooting the home team 39-16. Claude Giroux led the way with a hat trick for Belfast as he and linemate James Neal both fired off 7 shots on goal. Mikko Lehtonen had a goal and an assist for the Giants. Both Smurf goals came off the stick of Loui Eriksson.
Bratislava 6, Zurich 1 – Wei-Yang Zhang, the Chinese Lucic, has responded well to a recent promotion to the Eagles’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Alexander Ovechkin. Zhang opened the scoring against Lion goalie Cam Ward and added two more goals in the third period. He and Toews ended the game with 4 points each. Second-line center Milan Gulas of Bratislava had a goal and an assist to go with 2 shot blocks and 14 wins in 22 faceoffs.
Geneva 6, Bern 1 – Geneva’s unblemished record was in doubt against Swiss rivals Bern when the third period began, but by the time it ended, it was another emphatic win for the league’s early Cinderella story. Ten different Generals scored at least a point in the third period, with Matt Read, Colton Parayko, Sergei Kostitsyn and Valeri Nichushkin getting two apiece. Geneva goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 29 of 30 Bern shots. defenseman Carl Gunnarsson was the game’s first star with a goal, an assist, 3 hits, 2 blocks and a plus 3 rating with partner Jason Garrison.