Eisbären edge Kärpät 3-2

13,000 fans in Berlin, Salavat, HV71, Slavia also winners

08.10.2008
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Eisbären players celebrate their second goal in their first Champions Hockey League game against Finnish champion Kärpät Oulu. Photo: Getty Images/Bongarts

The Champions Hockey League opened with four games on Wednesday, October 8. Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS), HV71 Jönköping (SWE), Eisbären Berlin (GER) and Slavia Prague (CZE) were the opening day victors.

Group A: Eisbären Berlin (GER) – Kärpät Oulu (FIN), 3-2 (in Berlin).
André Rankel broke a 1-1 tie 52 seconds into the second period as the German champion defeated the Finnish champion in front of 13,000 fans at the O2 World Arena. Game recap.

Group B: HV71 Jönköping (SWE) – SC Bern (SUI), 6-2 (in Jönköping).
Finn Teemu Laine scored at the end of the first period and in the beginning of the second stanza to give HV71 a 2-0 lead and the Swedish champions cruised after that, outshooting Bern 40-28. Game recap.

Group C: Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS) – Mountfield Ceske Budejovice (CZE) 7-1 (in Ufa).
Ex-Montreal Canadien Alexander Perezhogin and Belarusian national team player Konstantin Koltsov had two goals each as the Russian champion outclassed Mounfield 7-1. Game recap.

Group D: Slavia Prague (CZE) – Linköpings HC (SWE) 4-2 (in Prague).
Roman Cervenka broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period to lead the Czech champions to a 4-2 win over Linköping. Cervenka, who also scored the 2-1-goal in the first, added an assist on Jaroslav Bednar’s 4-2 goal midway through the third period. Game recap.


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