Paris 6, Athens 5 (OT-SO) – Goalies Philipp Grubauer of Paris and Jaroslav Halak of Athens weren’t great for the first 60 minutes, but when they got into next-goal-wins territory, they were both money goalies. The score was 5-5 after regulation time and with an important point on the line, both teams played a tentative, conservative style and there was only one shot in the five-minute overtime period. Halak stopped that one. In the shootout, the first six shooters all failed to score, and it was Alex Pietrangelo who was able to squeeze one through Halak and it gave Paris point number 108 this season. Now the Rouge Eiffels play the waiting game until the playoffs start and chances are slim that they will win the conference title. In fact, it’s more likely they will drop from third into fourth by the time everyone has played 82 games. By Paris’ standards, 108 is a slight down year. The season they won the Cup, they finished with 104 points, but in the following four years, they accumulated between 111 and 123. In the game, Anze Kopitar of Athens outscored everyone with a goal and three assists. Linemate Andrew Ladd had two goals and one assist, while defenseman Jason Krog was the most effective Paris player with a goal and two assists.
Dublin 3, Prague 1 – Cam Talbot continues to be the most valuable Fighting Irish player and he stole a game for his team Monday. Dublin was outshot 34-22 but Talbot was able to deflect or trap everything except for Ryan Getzlaf’s deflection goal late in the first period. Meanwhile, Renat Mamashev was busy concocting offense for Dublin. He assisted on a shorthanded Phil Kessel goal in the first period, scored a goal for himself in the second and added an assist on a Milan Michalek tally in the third. The win gives Dublin a firmer grip on the final playoff berth in the Northern Conference. They are up 6 points on St. Petersburg; Dublin has two games left and St. Petersburg has four. Talbot has played in less than half of his team’s games, but no one in the league has a better save percentage.
London 5, Helsinki 2 – London got goals out of lines 2 through 4 against Henrik Lundquist and the Jokerit. Sam Gagner, who centers the second line, scored twice; third-line center Mark Arcobello scored once and fourth-liner Jimmie Ericsson had a goal and an assist. Helsinki’s goals came from point shots, as Matt Dumba and Nick Holden tallied. For Holden, it was goal number 14, a personal best in his four-season career.
Madrid 6, Zurich 1 – The Royals still have eyes on the top spot in the South and they put a good game together Monday against the Lions. Madrid outshot visiting Zurich 30-18 and their big-name stars came through all over the ice. Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson both played 24 minutes – even though they are not paired with each other 5-on-5 – and each of them was plus 2 with a goal and an assist. Gabriel Landeskog led all skaters in scoring and shots (6), registering two goals and an assist. As the season winds down, Bratislava has a game in head and one-point lead over the Royals for the conference lead. Bratislava plays Zurich, Berlin and Milan to end the season and Madrid has Bern and Milan scheduled.
Stockholm 4, Copenhagen 1 – This game was relatively mild-mannered – two penalties per team – and closer than the score would indicate. Johnny Gaudreau scored a nice goal to get Copenhagen on the board first, but David Krejci countered for Stockholm later in the first period. In the second period, Brendan Gallagher shoved a Krejci rebound past goalie Andres De La Garma and Stockholm had what turned out to be the winning goal. In the final two minutes, Copenhagen pulled goalie De La Garma and the Eagles took advantage of the empty net by adding two more tallies.
Lisbon 6, Munich 1 – John Tavares went nuts with the puck, scoring three times and adding an assist and he’s suddenly in second place in the individual scoring race, 5 points ahead of Minsk bruiser Milan Lucic. The only one ahead of Tavares is his linemate, Steven Stamkos, who put up three assists in the game. Stamkos has 112 points, Tavares has 110. Lucic can still catch them, however, because he has three games left and Lisbon has just one left. Four other Lisbon H.C. players had multi-point games against Munich, including defenseman Drew Doughty, who had a goal and two assists. The team’s powerplay made good on 3 of 5 man-advantage chances.