Madrid 5, Lisbon 4 – The Madrid Royals were trailing by a goal in the third period against their neighbor Lisbon, when Patrik Berglund turned the game around. The 29-year-old Swede worked hard along the boards and slid the puck into the high slot where Shea Weber received it and fired away, scoring his 19th goal of the year and tying the score. Then 11 minutes later, Berglund got ahead of the defense and snapped a shot past Lisbon goalie for the game-winning goal. Berglund has a career-best 68 points and is a plus 16 this season. For Lisbon, Steven Stamkos assisted on a goal and he leads the league in scoring and in assists. One behind him on the assists list is linemate John Tavares. Madrid is now in 5th place overall, three points behind Southern Conference leaders Bratislava with three games remaining. Colin Greening of Madrid was guilty of a match penalty late in the game, after he clipped Sami Vatanen. Vatanen was not seriously injured and Greening will be suspended one game.
Athens 5, Edinburgh 2 – Loui Eriksson reached the 50-goal mark as Athens outshot the visitors 42-19. Twenty-one more Athens shots didn’t make it to the net because they were blocked by Capital skaters. The score was 2-1 in favor of the Gods when Logan Couture slid the puck to Eriksson while Athens was working the powerplay, and the Swede blistered in his 49th of the season. Then, with 3:24 remaining in the second period, Eriksson reached 50 goals after collecting the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg shot and sliding it behind goalie Luka Gracnar of Edinburgh. Eriksson, Couture and Seidenberg are all veterans who ar e in their first seasons with Athens, Eriksson and Couture were teammates in Berlin the last five seasons, while Seidenberg had played six seasons in Bern.
Dublin 1, Stockholm 0 – Dublin winger Jakob Silfverberg, a Swede from not too far north of Stockholm, shot a low wrist shot through a crowd in front of Stockholm goalie Braden Holtby and that shot was the only one in the game to get past a goalie. Cam Talbot saved 33 Stockholm shots to earn his third shutout of the season. No one in the league has a better save percentage than Talbot’s 92.0 average. Stockholm’s David Krejci led all skaters in shots with 6. Dublin has a narrow lead over St. Petersburg in the race for the Northern Conference’s final playoff spot.
Zurich 5, Paris 3 – The Zurich Lions trailed Paris 2-0 halfway through the game but they beat Tuukka Rask five times in the next 16 minutes and coasted to a win that hurt the Rouge Eiffels in their pursuit of Bratislava and the top spot in the Demitra Division. Five Lions had two-point games, as did Tom Wandell of Paris. John Gibson made 32 saves in goal for the Lions. Paris can still win the conference, but Bratislava would have to lose all three of its remaining games in regulation time, and Madrid would have to get no more than 3 points out its three remaining games. And that’s assuming Paris defeats Athens in the Eiffels’ final game.
Milan 3, Munich 2 (OT) – Kyle Okposo scored the first and last goals of the game as the Guerriero won for the fourth time in their last five games. Okposo is in his fifth season with Milan after coming over in a trade with Stockholm and this is his best season since Season 3, his first in Italy. Sound-alike defensemen T.J Brennan of Milan and T.J. Brodie of Munich each had a goal and an assist in the game.
Helsinki 2, Oslo 1 – The Jokerit continue to play well as they earned a narrow win while outshooting Oslo 45-23 in the process. Jason Spezza assisted on both Helsinki goals. The game will be remembered not for the scoring, but for the nastiness. Two talented young Outlaw defensemen lost their cool in the third period and were ejected. Rookie of the Year candidate Shayne Gostisbehere received a match penalty with 10:43 left after he smashed Jack Johnson into the boards, injuring Johnson. Then about 5 minutes later, Viktor Antipin speared Bard Marchand and was given a game misconduct. Helsinki remains in third place in the Northern Conference.