EURO heavyweight fighters score goals

St. Petersburg 3, Moscow 2 – The Krasnyye Zvezdy got into penalty trouble early against their fellow Russians, and Moscow got on the scoreboard first while a St. Petersburg player was in the box. But that was the last of the Dynamo’s joy. Petrograd tied the game in the second period on a laser from defenseman Brenden Dillon and then put the contest away with a pair of goals in the third period. Dillon is the Red Stars’ resident tough guy and he ranks 9th among the league’s defensemen in penalty minutes with 84 and in Season 6, he was involved in more fights (11) than any other player in the EURO league. The Krasnyye Zvezdy’s Marcus Foligno had a goal on 4 shots to go with 4 hits, a blocked shot and 6-for-9 success in the faceoff circle. Moscow, which is currently sitting in fourth place in the Northern Conference could have used the points because a host of teams are on their back, trying to steal the last home-ice advantage playoff berth from them.

Milan 5, Bern 3 – Bern had a one-goal lead in this game with under 14 minutes to play but then things got messy. The Interrail derailed when they were called for four penalties in the last 13:33. Twice, Milan capitalized with powerplay goals in that span of time and Jaden Schwartz put one in for the Guerriero in between the two PP goals. To show how wild and wacky the third period was, Olli Malmivaara, the league’s leader in penalty minutes (125) and fights (9) scored a goal to bring Bern to within a goal of Milan with 7:56 left to play. It was the big Finnish defenseman’s first goal of the season and second in 90 career games.

Gothenburg 6, Edinburgh 2 – Gothenburg defenseman Dan Girardi had assists on 3 goals and star center Adam Henrique scored once for the team while it was shorthanded and then again while it was on a powerplay. Mark Fraser, who led the league in fights in Season 5 with a record 15 and is the all-time leader in fighting majors, scored a goal in the first period Tuesday to put Gothenburg ahead 2-0. It was his third tally of the year.

Copenhagen 5, London 2 – London scored twice in the first period against Copenhagen goalie Andres De La Garma, but it was all Tridents from then on. Copenhagen ended up outshooting the Dons 50-20 and they beat goalie Ryan Miller five times in the last two periods. Drew Shore and Kevin Bieksa had the magic touch against Miller, each scoring twice. Keeping the fighters-who-scored theme alive, Bieksa is second among  active Tridents in fights in his career with 11. Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner, both Don forwards, were both minus 5 in the game. London has been hobbled by injuries this season and they are currently playing without forwards Jess Skinner, Rick Nash and Artemy Panarin who will all be in street clothes Wednesday when London plays in Minsk.

Bratislava 4, Madrid 3 – Two teams battling for position in the tight Southern Conference went into overtime Tuesday with Tyler Myers coming up with the winning goal just 13 seconds into the extra period. It was the big defenseman’s 12th of the season and 102nd of his career, and that ranks him fourth among active defensemen behind Dustin Byfuglien (122), Alex Pietrangelo (107) and Shea Weber (106). Center Milan Gulas scored a pair of goals and won 14 of 16 faceoffs for the Eagles, while Madrid had a two-goal scorer of its own in Mikhail Grigorenko, who centers the fourth line with rookies Reto Suri and Loic Lamperier. The three 22-year-olds have played well this season, combining for 19 goals in 51 games for the Royals.

Dublin 4, Zurich 1 – The Fighting Irish played a solid game, building a 2-0 lead after two periods and stifling the Lions’ offense to that point. Drew Stafford changed the complexion of the game with a goal for Zurich less than 5 minutes into the third period, but Clarke MacArthur’s 6th of the season on a powerplay with 4:36 left sealed the deal for Dublin. Zurich got a good performance out of backup goalie Marek Mazanec, who made 33 saves. Cam Talbot was in goal for Dublin and he stopped 27 of 28 shots.

 

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