Munich’s Smith keeps goal streak alive

Munich 6, Olso 2 – Craig Smith’s goal in the third period of a lopsided win for his Munich Dire Wolf didn’t mean much in the game, but it kept the league’s longest goal scoring streak alive. Smith has scored a goal in each of the Wolves’ last 7 games. Munich looked extremely strong, limited Oslo’s scoring chances even though Tomas Hertl was able to score twice. Both Smith and Hertl have 23 goals this season. T. J. Brodie of Munich was named the first star of the game with 2 goals and a plus 4 rating. Oslo needed the points they didn’t get because they are in a four-team group vying for the final playoff berth in the Northern Conference.

Berlin 4, Edinburgh 3 – The Smurfs out-battled the Capitals in Scotland, winning by a goal. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was Berlin’s best weapon, scoring twice and adding an assist on the game-winning goal which was scored by Vadim Shipachyov, his 31st. Jamie Benn and Sid Crosby has two points each for Edinburgh, while their teammates Gurkan Cetinkaya and Jason Demers blocked 10 Smurf shots between them.

Copenhagen 3, London 1 – The Tridents keep climbing the standings, winning on the road despite being outshot 28-20. Defensemen Ian White and Dalton Prout scored the first two goals of the game and their Copenhagen teammate Brandon Dubinsky made it 3-0 midway through the second period. Kevin Shattenkirk scored London’s goal. Prout and Shattenkirk both have 10 goals this season. The Tridents are now 11th overall and fifth in the Northern Conference.

Bern 6, Zurich 3 – The Interrail did a great job of penalty killing and were able to out the host Lions on their heels early with three goals in the first 11:38 of the game. Zurich was 0 for 7 with the man advantage. Brooks Laich, Lance Bouma, Dmitri Orlov and Jeff Petry did most of the penalty killing for Bern, while Josef Vasicek and Mika Zibanejad did most of the other damage in the Zurich end of the rink. Vasicek and Zibanejad each scored 3 points and combined for 9 shots on goal. Mike Smith made 33 saves in goal for Bern.

Lisbon 6, Geneva 5 – Lisbon fought back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game in the second period and then they prevailed as the teams spent the rest of the game trading chances. Lisbon defenseman Seth Jones had 3 assists to lead everyone in scoring and Riley Sheahan scored a pair of goals for the Generals, giving him 11 this season. Sheahan’s second goal made it 5-5 with 10:06 to play, and Lisbon’s all-star line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Steven Stamkos came through with the game-winner with 5:50 on the clock. Tavares scored it and he now has 36 goals on the campaign. Stamkos and Tavares are among the top 4 scorers in the league. Milan Lucic of Minsk, Matt Duchene of Belfast and the two Lisbon stars are all within 2 points of each other.

St. Petersburg 3, Dublin 2 – After a 2-2 first period only one more goal was scored and that was by Valtteri Filppula of the Krasnyye Zvezdy.  His 19th of the year got past Fighting Irish goalie Brian Elliott about midway through the second period.  Filppula and Jan Kovar of St. Petersburg joined Dublin winger James Van Riemsdyk with two-point games. The Red Stars moved to within 4 points of 8th-place Dublin.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Erik Karlsson is the all-time leader in blocked shots with 797 through 556 games, all with the Madrid Royals.

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