Edinburgh 5, Helsinki 2– The Capitals gave up a 2-0 lead and saw Helsinki tie the game, but they then scored three times in the final 10 minutes to win it. Luka Gracnar of Edinburgh saved 28 of 30 shots and Rickard Wallin scored a pair of goals. After a very slow start to the season, Sidney Crosby and Sam Reinhart have really taken off in the last 10 games for the Capitals and it appears a desperation move made by Coach Bob Hartley might be why. Edinburgh was floating around 24th place and the top line of Crosby, Jamie Benn and Reinhart wasn’t doing much at all. Hartley demoted Benn and moved well-traveled Thomas Vanek into the top LW spot. Crosby now has 19 points in 19 games and Reinhart has 16 points in the same number of games.
Munich 4, Lisbon 1 – A strong third period gave the Dire Wolf a nice home win against a team that was tied for second place overall. The game was tied 1-1 halfway through the third period before Gareth Roberts fired a shot past Hayden Hawkey to give Munich the lead. The real dagger came about 6 minutes later when Munch’s Filip Forsberg scored a shorthanded goal after taking a nice lead pass from Henrik Sedin.
Oslo 6, London 3 – Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves for the Outlaws, who didn’t seem to have much trouble at the other end of the rink against London goalie Ryan Miller. Matt Niskanen scored twice, had an assist, and was named the game’s first star. Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall each had two assists for London.
Madrid 3, Bern 2 (OT-SO) – Frenchman Loic Lamperier of the Madrid Royals scored his first-ever EURO goal with 15 seconds left in the game to force overtime and silence a loud Bern crowd that was already celebrating the win. Lamperier had no points in 26 career games and for some bizarre reason was on the ice with his team trailing by a goal in the last seconds. We’ll never doubt Coach Dan Bylsma again. Mikhail Grigorenko of Madrid got to a loose puck outside the Bern blueline and was forced to the side boards by Interrail defenseman John Merrill as he worked into the zone, but Grigorenko was still able to fire a shot and get it on goal. Bern goalie Joonas Korpisalo left a fat rebound and Lamperier was the first to reach it, slapping it past Korpisalo on the short side. Coincidentally, two of the three active players who have gone the longest without scoring a goal were on the ice at the time when Lamperier got his goal. Bern’s Merrill has now played 26 EURO games without scoring. The active leader in games without a goal is Reilly Smith of Edinburgh who has played in 87 games without yet getting a goal. Lamperier also became the first French-born player to score a EURO League point. Antoine Roussel of Bratislava is 0 for 17 games and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is an unsigned free agent. Back to the game, the five-minute overtime period was scoreless and in the shootout, Korpisalo gave up goals by Madrid’s Derek Stepan and Gabriel Landeskog. The first three goals in the game all came on powerplays.
Zurich 5, St. Petersburg 4 (SO-OT) – There was a lot of offense and back-and-forth action in this game that came down to a shootout. The teams combined for 77 shots on goal, 44 of them by St. Petersburg, who had leads at three different times in the game. The biggest goal was probably Braydon Cobourn’s third of the season with 13:13 remaining because it was the last one scored before regulation time expired. Three Zurich skaters had multi-point games (Derick Brassard, Jakub Voracek and former Red Star Brad Richards) while Jakub Kovar did the same for St. Petersburg.
Gothenburg 6, Dublin 1 – The shots were very even but the scoreline was anything but. Pekka Rinne had a shutout going until the final minute, when Jakob Silfverberg tallied while Dublin was on their fourth powerplay of the game. The shutout would have put Rinne first on the all-time list. As it is, he and Jonathan Quick are tied at 32 each. Carl Hagelin, Matt Calvert and center Mikael Backlund all had two points for Frolunda, while defensemen John Carlson and Kevin Dallman were plus 3.