Madrid hammers Bern, rises to top spot

Madrid Royals3Madrid 4, Bern 1 – The Madrid Royals have a gorgeous new logo and an all-business attitude as they swamped Bern in the game and moved ahead of Paris and Bratislava in the standings. Blake Wheeler scored twice, Erik Karlsson scored for the second straight game, and Sean Couturier and Zach Boychuk registered points in their fourth straight games. Bern was no match for the Spaniards Tuesday, getting outshot 45-24 and managing to get one puck past Darcy Kuemper, the backup for regular starter Robin Lehner. Dmitry Orlov scored the lone Interrail goal. Colin Greening came back from a suspension and contributed with a pair of assists for Madrid. The Royals have one game left and a one-point lead over Bratislava for the conference’s top seed position. Bratislava has three games remaining. As for Bern, they currently sit in 23rd place in the league, but last-place London could still pass them.

Copenhagen 5, Oslo 2 – Tyler Kennedy of the Outlaws picked a couple of tough hombres with whom to tangle, fighting Brandon Dubinsky in the first minute of play, and then squaring off with Dalton Prout with 9:38 left in a game that Copenhagen had well in hand. The Tridents got goals from five sources: Matthieu Perreault, Marko Dano, Tomas Jurco, Dan Hamhuis and Devin Setoguchi. They outshot Oslo 32-18. Connor McDavid played well for the Outlaws. In 9 minutes of ice time, he won 7 of 10 faceoffs, blocked 4 Copenhagen shots and assisted on Tomas Hertl’s 24th goal of the season. Copenhagen will finish the season in the playoffs, but where is still unknown, because they could move up to 3rd in the Northern Conference or drop as far as 6th. Kevin Bieksa, 36, suffered an upper body injury in the game and is questionable for the Tridents’ final game against Helsinki. Oslo’s season is over and they are 10th in the conference.




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