Athens 5, Bratislava 3 – The new-look Athens franchise got off on the right foot by scoring five goals against the man who was their starting goalie the year the league began. Corey Crawford, 33, has appaered in three games this season for Bratislava and has stopped only 78.3 percent of the shots against him. On Saturday, the Athens Gods, with their new nickname, uniform and free agents, got three points each from former Moscow Sparta teammates Anze Kopitar and Andrew Ladd. Brent Burns had a goal and two assists for Bratislava and Milan Gulas had 8 shots on goal and scored for the fifth time in five games.
Oslo 5, Madrid 4 (OT-SO) – Oslo lost Connor McDavid and Nikita Nikitin to injuries in the first period but still won the game in a goalie-dominated shootout. The injuries led to huge ice time totals for a few Outlaw players, like Eric Gelinas, who played 40 minutes, and Zach Parise, who played 35. Still, the Oulaws got goals from four different players and led 4-0 when the third period began, but Madrid stormed back, eventually tying the game and forcing overtime with a Zach Boychuk tally with 32 seconds left. Goalies Semyon Varlmaov of Oslo and Robin Lehner of Madrid each stoned the first four shooters they faced in the shootout and in the fifth round, after Varlamov denied defenseman Shea Weber, Oslo coach Dave Hakstol sent defenseman Matt Irwin out to shoot and he won the game. Why the coach selected the defenseman to shoot is a mystery. Irwin, in his fifth season, had taken just one shootout shot in his career – in Season 4 – and he failed to score on that one. McDavid and Nikitin are both expected to be out of the Oslo lineup for at least two weeks. Elias Lindholm and Matt Niskanen have been called up for their first duty of the season.
Helsinki 6, Geneva 2 – The Jokerit seriously brought Geneva’s honeymoon period to a close with a 6-2 victory on the Generals’ home ice. Among the stars for Helsinki were Brad Marchand, who assisted on the first two goals of the game and Zack Smith, who scored a shorthanded goal in the second period when it appeared Geneva was trying to climb back into the game. Smith, Cody Eakin and Paul Stastny were good in the faceoff circle for Helsinki, winning 41 of 69 draws. After opening the season with 8 wins, Geneva has lost the last two and they will head south for two games this week in Milan and Athens.
Berlin 2, Bern 1 – Erik Forssell cleverly took a roughing penalty in the first period and while he was chirping Bern Interrail players from the penalty box, Berlin’s Loui Eriksson opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal. It was the Smurfs’ sixth shorthanded goal in 10 games. Alexander Edler assisted on the goal and then on one a period later as new Smurf Jeff Carter made it 2-0. Dmitry “No Berlin for Me” Orlov scored for Bern to prevent Calvin Pickard from getting his first career shutout. Tobias Enstrom had 5 blocked shots and 3 hits for the Interrail.
Gothenburg 6, Copenhagen 5 (OT – SO) – Devin Setoguchi has been doing well on Copenhagen’s top line and powerplay unit. He leads the team in goals with 6 in 10 games and he scored twice in the third period in Gothenburg. His second goal came with 23 seconds remaining in regulation and it earned the Tridents a point in the standings. But Copenhagen seemed disinterested after that. Gothenburg outshot them 6-1 in overtime and outscored them 3-1 in the shootout. Four Frolunda players had multi-point games including Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu, who each had a goal and an assist. Copenhagen center Brandon Dubinsky put in 30 minutes of work, blocked 4 shots and had 3 assists.
Minsk 4, St. Petersburg 3 (OT-SO) – The Hussars scored twice in the third period against Kari Lehtonen to tie the game and bring it to overtime. Lehtonen made 39 saves in the game for St. Petersburg and got offensive help from Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored twice. Milan Lucic and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for Minsk and Lucic continues to lead the league in scoring. Kane was the only one of six shooters in the shootout to be successful against goalies Lehtonen and Carey Price.