St. Petersburg breaks losing streak

St. Petersburg 6, Helsinki 4 – Both teams committed 8 penalties, but the Krasnyye Zvezdy did better with their special teams and that was the difference in the game. Helsinki led 4-2 early in the second period and it looked like St. Petersburg was on their way to a 10th straight loss, but they were able to get three more pucks past Henrik Lundquist en route to the win over their Kharlamov Division foe. Jonathan Huberdeau of the Krasnyye Zvezdy was the game’s top point scorer with a goal and a pair of assists.

Paris 4, Athens 3 (OT) – When Michael Frolik scored his first goal of the season for the Athens Gods, it looked like Paris was going to get robbed and lose a home game they were dominating. The goal made it 3-2 Athens in the third period in a game that eventually saw Paris outshoot the Gods 48-17. But Corey Perry turned hero for the Rouge Eiffels and scored a goal in the third on Jaro Halak and then he did it again in overtime to end it. Paris ownership is glad the game went into overtime because they made a little more in concessions and when combined with parking and tickets sales, were able to rake in more than $2.2 million in revenue Tuesday. Athens star Logan Couture came down with the flu and his status is unclear for back-to-back games this week against Copenhagen and Minsk. Boyd Gordon was called up from the farm club to replace him.

Bratislava 4, Geneva 1 – Alexander Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews were the stars as the Bratislava Eagles won on the road and are surprisingly tied for second place overall with the three other teams. Toews was wonderful in the faceoff circle, winning 26 of 30 draws, and he was able to assist on all three of Ovechkin’s goals. Winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of Bratislava, is playing his best hockey ever and he currently leads the league in save percentage and goals against average. Geneva defenseman Dennis Wideman sustained a lower body injury and may not make a road trip to Moscow and Madrid Thursday and Friday. With Dustin Byfuglien also injured, either Ben Hutton or Christian Marti could make his EURO League debut this week.

Gothenburg 4, Oslo 2 – Frolunda came out flying in the first period, dominating in shots 12-1 and scoring three times. They built the lead to 4-0 in the second period before the Outlaws were able to get on the scoreboard with goals by Eric Gelinas and Andrew Shaw. Gothenburg’s Mikko Koivu had two assists in the game and four different Frolunda players scored goals. Outlaw winger Tomas Hertl sustained a partial groin tear after just 6 minutes of ice time and he won’t be able to skate for about a month. A little less than three weeks ago, Oslo saw Connor McDavid and Nikita Nikitin go down with injuries and neither is quite ready to return to the lineup. Elias Lindholm and Matt Niskanen have filled in over the last eight games. Mikhail Grabovski has just returned from injury himself and he is currently slotted in a left wing to replace Hertl.

Lisbon 4, Stockholm 2 – Lisbon shut down the league’s leading goal scorer, Mats Zuccarello, and Stockholm kept hurting themselves with penalties Tuesday. And the Eagles seemed totally stumped on how to stop Lisbon’s top line, which accounted for all of the host team’s offensive production. Steven Stamkos (hat trick) and Matt Mouslon each scored 4 points in the game and John Tavares had an assist.

Dublin 4, Belfast 1 – In a relatively quiet battle of Irish rivals, the Fighting Irish got great goaltending from Brian Elliott and were able to penetrate the Giants zone enough to score four times. There weren’t many penalties in the game and even fewer violent ones as the teams seemed to concentrate on following their game plans. Elliott stopped 36 Belfast shots and James Van Riemsdyk and Cody Hodgson had 2 points apiece for Dublin. In the Ahearne Division, Belfast holds a 3-point lead over second-place Dublin.

TRIVIA ANSWER (from question on Websim newsfeed): Evgeny Malkin of Paris and Vadim Shipachyov of Athens have both scored 12 goals this season to lead all Russian players in the EURO League.

 

 

 

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