Edinburgh 4, Belfast 2 – Belfast’s Matt Duchene – who is having a dream season – started the Giants on the right foot by scoring twice in the first period, but Edinburgh stole the game away with 4 goals in the second period. Sidney Crosby stuck it to the team that traded him by setting up Edinburgh’s first two goals, scored by linemates Sam Reinhart and Jamie Benn. Then Carl Soderberg tallied on a powerplay to give the Capitals the lead and Mike Hoffman added to the lead late in the period. Belfast outshot the Caps 45-18 in the game, but Jakub Kovar was a brick wall in goal for Edinburgh. Now in his seventh season with Belfast, Duchene is having his career-best year … and he was pretty good for the first six seasons with at least 46 points each season. Through 56 games, he has 34 goals and 74 points, both his best-ever totals, to go with a dominating, league-best plus 51 rating.
Minsk 6, Helsinki 0 – Maxim Chudinov started a pair of three-goal outbursts for the Minsk Hussars as they rolled over Helsinki and goalie Chad Johnson. Minsk outshot the Jokerit 40-17 and both Chudinov and Nicklas Backstrom finished with 2 goals and 1 assist. Minsk has a three-point lead over Belfast in the race for the President’s Trophy. Meanwhile, Helsinki has dropped to 7th place in the Northern Conference and the Jokerit lost ground Monday to the two teams below them – Dublin and Edinburgh.
Dublin 6, Bern 2 – The Fighting Irish spread out the shooting and scoring duties, with 6 different players scoring goals and 12 getting at least a point. James Van Riemsdyk outdid everyone with 3 points and Phil Kessel was difficult to deal with, firing 11 shots on goal and ending with a goal and an assist. For Bern, defenseman Jeff Petry had an assist to go with 5 hits and 3 blocked shots. Van Riemsdyk will have to take a break for a game or two as it was disclosed after the game he sustained an upper body injury. Colton Gillies was called up to replace him.
Berlin 3, Lisbon 2 – All the scoring came in the first period, making the rest of the contest a game of catch-up for Lisbon, who never did get the tying goal against Berlin goalie Calvin Pickard. While the Smurfs were busy trying to bottle up Lisbon’s scary top line, second-liner Wayne Simmonds and third-line center Ryan Kesler snuck in and scored the first two goals of the game. But Berlin countered with three goals of their own before the first 20 minutes expired. Derek Ryan, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Andrey Bykov scored for Berlin and for Bykov, it was the second straight goal in which he scored a goal. Berlin will be at it again tonight as they travel to Bern for their sixth and final game of the year against the Interrail.
Zurich 6, Milan 3 – The Lions took two points in regulation time from the team just ahead of them in the standings, thanks in part to the goaltending of Marek Mazanec. The 25-year-old Czech has emerged as the number one in Zurich – sliding ahead of John Gibson and young Sandro Zurkirchen on the depth chart – with a 90 percent save percentage through 13 starts. On Monday, he stopped 36 of 39 Guerriero shots. Jacob Trouba scored twice on 4 shots for the Lions, who capitalized on 2 of 4 powerplay opportunities. Luca Sbisa, Mathis Olimb and Jaden Schwartz played well for Milan, combining for 13 shots on net and two points. Sbisa also blocked 4 shots.
Bratislava 4, Moscow 1 – Alexander Ovechkin played well in a return to his hometown and helped the Southern Conference-leading Eagles leave with a win. Ovechkin didn’t score a goal, but he assisted on Jonathan Toews’ 29th goal of the season and helped rev the offense with 6 shots. Wei Yang Zhang had 7 shots and one goal for the winners, who also got a goal and an assist out of Marcel Hossa. David Backes scored Moscow’s lone goal.