Bern 5, Lisbon 2 – Goalie Mike Smith and the last-place Bern Interrail fought back from a two-goal deficit for an emphatic win against a good team. Lisbon came out of the blocks fast, outshooting Bern 16-4 in the first period and the Portuguese team led 2-0 with about half a game to play. Then Bern morphed into a powerhouse. Defenseman Tobis Enstrom scored twice and Tony Martensson and Brooks Laich added goals before Mika Zibanejad – who blocked 4 shots in the game – added an empty-net goal.
Minsk 5, Moscow 4 – The Hussars were 2 for 4 on the powerplay and they held Moscow’s powerplay scoreless in four tries. Minsk outshot Moscow 43-20, but the Dynamo stayed within striking distance for most of the game and it took a Gus Nyquist powerplay goal in the third period to give the home team the win. Milan Lucic had three assists for Minsk, while two Moscow players had three-point games: Ryan O’Reilly and Dustin Brown.
Prague 4, Madrid 3 – Russians Dmitri Kulikov and rookie goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy played big roles in the Sparta win. Kulikov had a goal and an assist to go with 4 hits, and Vasilevskiy made 25 saves. Three other players – all forwards – also had a goal and an assist in the game: Prague’s Martin Ruzicka and Madrid’s Blake Wheeler and Chris Kreider.
Gothenburg 4, Geneva 3 – This game would be decided in overti …. no wait! Gothenburg won it as Beau Bennett’s desperation shot from the right boards eluded Geneva goalie James Reimer with just two seconds left. Cal Clutterbuck was the game’s unlikely offensive star with a goal and two assists. Actually, Clutterbuck is enjoying his best offensive season ever. He is getting more playing time than ever from Coach Randy Carlyle at 16 minutes per game and he’s responded with 15 goals and 34 points thus far. One of his assists Thursday came shorthanded with Jordan Eberle getting a timely shorthanded goal. Geneva had fought back to tie the game late in the third period as Colton Parayko – the first overall pick in this year’s draft – scored with 12:20 remaining and Marian Gaborik tallied with 1:35 left.
Copenhagen 2, Edinburgh 1 (OT-SO) – Luka Gracnar nearly stole a game for the Capitals in Denmark. The Slovenian goalie was shutting out Copenhagen while his team was in the process of being outshot 43-18, but a late Caps penalty proved costly. Casey Cizikas took an interference penalty and the Tridents worked it around the Scots’ end until Marko Dano fed a goal-mouth pass to Stephen Weiss who tied it with 1:25 remaining. In the shootout, the only player able to score was Copenhagen’s Johnny Gaudreau. Edinburgh played a rough game, delivering 35 hits, with Gurkan Cetinkaya leading the way with 7. He also led his team in shot blocks with 3. Edinburgh had three fruitless powerplay chances in the game, but they had their work cut out for them against the league’s second-best penalty-killing team. Copenhagen is killing at an 86.3 rate, second only to Paris’ 87 percent rate.