Vasilevskiy helps Prague win in Lisbon

Prague 4, Lisbon 3 (OT) – Young goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy bounced back from a dismal day on Monday with a wonderful one on Tuesday, earning his Prague Sparta team two points in Lisbon. The loss was only the second regulation-time home loss this season for Lisbon HC. The only team without a regulation-time home loss so far this season is the Madrid Royals (8-0-1). The young Russian Vasilevskiy was pelted with shots in the third period and it got worse in overtime, but he kept fending off Lisbon shots to keep his team in a position to win, and then with the announcer about to tell the arena that they were in the last minute of play in overtime, Prague ended it with an Andrei Kostitsyn goal, his third of the year, beating Kari Ramo on the stick side. Mark Scheiffele was the offensive star of the game, putting up two goals and an assist for Prague. For Lisbon, John Tavares had 3 points and 10 shots on Vasilevskiy. Lisbon Coach Willie Desjardins received another bad news visit from the training staff after the game, as they told him to find someone to replace Sami Vatanen for a couple games. The Finn was diagnosed with a lower body injury and he will watch from the press box for a while alongside teammates Ryan Kesler and Joe Pavelski.

Stockholm 4, Zurich 3 – Braden Holtby and the Stockholm Eagles had to fight off a Zurich powerplay over the final 1:20, but they did and emerged with the road win. Zurich had already scored two goals in the third period and seemed determined to tie the contest, but they got themselves into penalty trouble, which not only stalled their momentum, but also resulted in a powerplay goal by Bobby Ryan that wound up being the game-winner. David Krejci scored twice for Stockholm, while Drew Stafford and Ryan Strome had 2 points apiece for Zurich. The Lions’ starting goalie, 21-year-old Sandro Zurkirchen was sent down to the minors following the game with a 3-4 record and 88.3 save percentage. Czech Marek  Mazanec, 25, was called up to the big club and when he plays, he will be making his EURO debut.

Helsinki 6, Copenhagen 0 – The Jokerit played one of their best games of the season – perhaps their best – to give 19,664 Helsinki fans a win and goalie Chad Johnson his third career shutout. Johnson wasn’t forced to work too hard, as Helsinki outshot the Tridents 43-18 and out-hit them 30-20.  Eli Sherbatov had a goal on 7 shots to continue his good play lately, but the offensive accolades went to teammates Brad Marchand (3 points) and four who had 2 points each: Nerius Alisauskas, Paul Stastny, Jack Johnson and Alex Radulov. In the last two games, Sherbatov has scored three times on 12 shots and he is working on a three-game point scoring streak. The win was Helsinki’s third straight. For Copenhagen, it was the second loss in two days on their short Scandinavian road trip and they will stay home this week, facing Moscow on Thursday and again on Saturday.

Madrid 4, Gothenburg 3 – Madrid was in big trouble after the first period, trailing 3-0 and being outshot 16-8 by the talented visitors, but Royals Coach Dan Bylsma must have been able to light a fire between periods. The Royals’ second line of Derek Stepan between Chris Kreider and Andrew Cogliano were the true heroes, scoring three times after Gabriel Landeskog scored Madrid’s first goal. Jonas Brodin played well for Madrid with 4 hits and 3 shot blocks in 24 minutes. For Gothenburg, defenseman Dan Girardi and winger Carl Hagelin had 2 points each. Madrid moves into a first-place tie overall with Bratislava, while Gothenburg in 6th place.

Milan 2, Berlin 1 (OT-SO) – Alex Stalock bummed out more than 19,000 Germans on Tuesday, helping his team to a narrow win. Berlin outshot Stalock’s Guerriero 31-15, but the Smurfs seemed disinterested in the five-minute overtime period, not taking a shot. In the shootout, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the only one of four Smurfs to score, while Kyle Okposo beat Calvin Pickard before Par Arlbrandt ended the game with a wristshot. Both regulation time goals came on powerplays, Tomas Zaborsky scoring for Milan and Vadim Shipachyov for Berlin.

Belfast 5, Athens 4 – The Gods took a 4-3 lead into the third period, but goals by Matt Duchene and Ondrej Palat thast were 1:16 apart suddenly put Belfast in the driver’s seat with less than half a period to play. Shots were even in the game, 31-31. For Belfast, Duchene, Palat and Nathan MacKinnon were gigantic, as each player scored 3 points and together, they accounted for 19 shots on goal. Tough guy defenseman Micki Dupont played a whale of a game for the Giants, getting a goal and an assist, 2 blocked shots and 4 hits in 13 minutes of ice time. Michael Frolik scored two shorthanded goals for Athens and teammates Logan Couture and Alexander Edler also scored 2 points each. Athens now has two of the top 5 shorthanded goal scorers in the league in Couture (3 goals) and Frolik (2).





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