Andrei Markov failed to come out of the dressing room for the third period of Chekhov’s home KHL game against Yugra raising the spectre of another injury. Markov has been averaging 20 minutes a game with Vityaz this season. He managed was on the ice for only 8:41 and eleven shifts before leaving the game. There has been no comment from the team on the reason for his departure. Ultimately Chekhov blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout. UPDATE – Early reports from Moscow say it is not one of his knees but some kind of upper body injury. More information due on Saturday.
In the Czech Extraliga, Tomas Plekanec scored for Kladno as the Knights beat Ostrava Vitkovice Steelers 4-1 Friday. In thirteen games with Kladno Plekanec has 8 goals and 10 assists. Included in the crowd of 4100 at the Kladno Municipal Arena was an amateur hockey team from Montreal.
Looking Ahead -
…..In Switzerland on Saturday Zug (Diaz) will play the Flyers at Kloten. Geneva-Servette Eagles (Weber) host Davos.
…..In the American Hockey League, Hamilton will play the Toronto Marlies for the third time in five games this season at Copps Coliseum on Friday.
.…..Also Friday, in the Western Hockey League the 12-0-1 Kamloops Blazers host the Brandon Wheat Kings. Blazers leftwinger Tim Bozon (Canadiens 3rd round 2012-64th) has 11-goals, 10 assists in 13 games-fourth overall in the WHL scoring race.