Minsk stops Eagles, but Lucic halted too

Minsk 3, Bratislava 2 – The Minsk Hussars stopped Bratislava’s run and regained first place overall, but it wasn’t easy. After Minsk scored twice in the first period, the Eagles clawed back to tie the game in the third. Nicklas Backstrom scored the Hussars’ second powerplay goal with 6:39 remaining and backup goalie Anton Khudobin closed the gate the rest of the way. Bratislava was able to keep Milan Lucic from scoring a point, the first time that’s happened this season. The big wing who leads the league in scoring ended up with a 21-game scoring streak. The player closest to him on the scoring list scored two points in the game and Jonathan Toews of Bratislava now trails Lucic by three points. Brent Burns, playing his first season with Bratislava, was a wrecking ball Wednesday. He was credited with 10 hits in the game.

Bern 5, Geneva 0 – Mike Smith of Bern was one of three goalies who posted shutouts on Wednesday. He stopped 29 Geneva shots and got plenty of offensive support, especially from Jiri Hudler, who scored twice and added an assist in 9 minutes of ice time. Henrik Zetterberg and Tony Martensson had two points apiece. Smith, now in his seventh season with Bern, has 14 career shutouts.

Paris 3, Dublin 0 – Paris looked like the old Paris: dominating on home ice in a shutout win over the Fighting Irish. Goalie Philipp Grubauer earned a 22-save shutout while his teammates were busy firing 45 shots on Cam Talbot at the other end of the ice.  For the Rouge Eiffels, Lauri Korpikoski, Kyle Turris and Joffrey Lupul scored goals, and along with Mike Richards, the four accounted for 20 shots on goal. Grubauer’s shutout was his third in 46 games as a Paris backup.

London 4, Oslo 0 – Martin Jones notched his third career shutout in 145 games with London, stopping 30 shots from the Outlaws. Sam Gagner and Rick Nash scored goals in the first and second periods, respectively, before Jeff Skinner scored a pair of insurance goals in the third period.

Munich 2, Edinburgh 1 (OT) – Gareth Roberts ended the game in overtime with a sweeping backhand goal past Jakub Kovar. The game was scoreless until the third period when each team scored on the powerplay, Sidney Crosby for Edinburgh and then Filip Forsberg for Munich. Ryan Wilson assisted on both Dire Wolf goals. Roberts, a powerful 26-year-old Irishman, has scored at least 10 goals in each of his three seasons in the league and he’s on pace for career-best goal and point totals despite reduced ice time.  He has also been a plus player in his time in Munich and this season, he has yet to be charged with a giveaway through 22 games. He and London’s Artemy Panarin are the only players in the league who have played more than 2o games without a puck giveaway.

Moscow 4, St. Petersburg 2 – Revenge for Monday’s 1-0 loss to the Krasnyye Zvezdy might have fueled Moscow’s strong finish Wednesday that resulted in two third-period goals and a 4-2 road win. David Backes and Max Pacioretty scored in the third period for the Dynamo, while teammates Derek Roy and Jannik Hansen had two points each in the second period. Moscow’s penalty killing was key in the first period, as Alexander Salak and his friends thwarted St. Petersburg on four straight man-advantage situations early in the game.

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