Helsinki edges Minsk, despite penalties

Helsinki 4, Minsk 3 – With the score tied 3-3 and 11 minutes to go against the defending Cup champs, the Helsinki Jokerit turned up the aggressiveness meter in an attempt to give the home fans a win. But they overdid it, taking three penalties in a row, the last two overlapping and giving Minsk a 5-on-3 for 23 seconds.  The Jokerit penalty killers and goalie Henrik Lundquist were able to hold off the Hussars and Eli Sherbatov really sent the crowd into a frenzy by scoring on Carey Price for what turned out to be the winning goal. Sherbatov finished the game with 2 goals and 1 assist. Minsk winger Milan Lucic scored a goal and had two assists to give him at least a point in all 21 games this season. Patrick Kane scored two for the Hussars. Helsinki out-hit Minsk 30-20 with Helsinki’s Daniel Fernholm registering 7 hits. Fernholm is tied for 19th in the league in hits.

Berlin 5, Dublin 4 (SO-OT) – Jeff Carter scored two big third period goals and then scored the winner in the shootout to give the Smurfs a win over a pesky Fighting Irish team. Carter’s second goal occurred with just 25 seconds left in regulation, as he deflected a point shot by Mike Green. Berlin teammate Andrey Bykov also scored twice, while Cam Talbot made 36 saves for Dublin.

Athens 5, Milan 3 – Athens produced a powerful performance in the first period and that carried them to a road win. The Gods scored four goals on 17 shots in the first period, with Brandon Sutter picking up three assists and Loui Eriksson scoring a pair of goals. Anze Kopitar scored a powerplay goal in the second period and he had two goals on the night for Athens. Milan’s Luca Sbisa had 5 hits and 4 blocked shots and he is tied for 7th in the EURO in blocked shots. Kopitar, who blocked 3 in the game, is second in the league in blocks and he’s the only forward in the top 14.

Gothenburg 3, Munich 2 – Cory Schneider made 50 saves for Munich but it just wasn’t enough to win for the Dire Wolf. Gothenburg got goals from Carl Hagelin and Anthony Nigro in the first and Adam Henrique in the second period. Craig Smith came into the game with one goal to his credit this season, but he notched both Dire Wolf tallies. Gothenburg now has the second-highest point total in the Northern Conference, 4 points behind fellow Kharlamov Division power Minsk.

Stockholm 6, Edinburgh 3 – The Eagles looked strong in Scotland, outshooting the Capitals 31-19 and 20-11 over the final two periods. Edinburgh actually did a good job of bottling up Stockholm’s forwards. The trouble came from the points, as five goals were scored by defensemen. Olli Maatta scored a hat trick while fellow blueliners Cam Fowler and Keith Yandle scored once each. Adam Larsson, a defenseman for Edinburgh, led his team in points with 2 assists. Maatta now has 7 goals this season, which ties him for the league lead in goals by a defensemen with Alex Pietrangelo of Paris and Jared Spurgeon of Lisbon.



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