Among the seven members of the Canadiens currently playing in Europe, only Alexei Emelin and Tomas Plekanec saw action Sunday.
Plekanec assisted on the winning goal as Rytíři (Knights of) Kladno edged the Liberec Tigers 2-1 in a defensive battle Sunday. The win moved the Knights into second place in the Czech Extraliga. The game was scoreless until the three minute mark of the third period when Kladno’s Jan Hlavac scored with as assist from Jaromir Jagr. Plekanec then set up 41 year old Paval Patera for what proved to be the game winner with 10:08 remaining.
After a three game dry spell Plekanec has 4 goals and 6 assists his last five games and now has 18 goals and 20 assists (38 points) and is plus-14 in 25 games. He’s third in the Extraliga, one point behind linemate Jaromir Jagr and seven behind league leader Martin Růžička of Třinec.
Alexei Emelin and his Ak-Bars teammates edged out Atlant 3-2 before 6200 fans at the northeast Moscow Suburb of Mytishchi. The Emelin statistics line reads – 0 points, 3 shots on goal and 17:49 ice time. For the season Emelin, never note for points-production, has two goals and three assists in eighteen games. Canadiens prospect Andreas Engqvist, who signed a full season contract with Atlant, scored their second goal, his fifth of the season. In 29 games at Mytishchi Engqvist has 17 points. The Canadiens have retained Engqvist’s NHL rights.
Andrei Markov and Vityaz Chekhov are at Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan to play Barys on Monday.
In junior hockey, Alex Galchenyuk scored his 20th goal of the season as the Sting edged Oshawa 3-2 at Sarnia. Galchenyuk has 12 points in his last four games (6 goals, 6 assists). Saturday night he scored three times and added an assist against Peterborough, his biggest night of the season.
2012 Fourth round draft pick Brady Vail scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Windsor Spitfires edged the Ottawa 67’s 2-1. Vail did not tally a point in regulation tiime.
Canadiens fifth round choice Charles Hudon scored two goals and an assist but Chicoutimi lost to Acadie Bathurst 7-4 in the final game of the Sagueneens four game East Coast swing. Hudon, who missed six games with a concussion earlier in the season, now has 17 goals, 18 assists for 35 points in 25 games. The Sagueneens won the first game of their East Coast trip and then dropped three in a row.
In the WHL the Kamloops Blazers lost to the Thunderbirds 3-1 in Seattle Sunday. The slumping Tim Bozon was kept off the scoresheet. In the twelve games since the beginning of November Bozon has 2 goals and 6 assists. He was the Canadiens third round pick in 2012 (64th).. It was the Blazers third game in three nights. They’ll play Swift Current at home Tuesday making it four games in five nights.