Seems like European teams are going to have the star power of locked out members of the Canadiens for a few more weeks. Five of were in action Friday.
In the Czech Extaliga, another productive night for Tomas Plekanec. He scored twice and assisted on a third goal but Kladno lost 4-3 to the Vitkovice Steelers 4-3 before a sellout crowd at Ostrava. The three point game moved Plekanec into a tie with linemate Jaromir Jagr for second in the Czech Extraliga scoring race with 41 points. In 27 games Plekanec has 20 goals and 21 assists including 6 goals and seven assists his last seven.
In the KHL, Andrei Markov assisted on a goal, registered a shot and logged 20:51 but Vityaz Chekhov lost to Omsk 4-2. The game was played at Chekhov. Sergei Kostitsyn had a goal and assist for Avangard.
Alexei Emelin continues to find a place on the scoresheet. He added another assist as Ak-Bars beat the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk 4-3. Emelin had no shots on goal and 19:06 icetime. Emelin’s game is usually all about defense but he has two goals and four assists his last eight games. In his first eleven games he had one assist.
And in Finland Lars Eller assisted on a goal as JYP shut out SaiPa Lappeenranta 3-0 at home in Jyväskylä. Eller had eight shots on goal and his linemates Rick Peverley and Eric Perrin added eight more. With Eller in their lineup Jyväskylä has won five of it’s last six games and moved into second place in the SM-Liiga. Over that stretch Eller has three goals and seven assists. Overall he has 5 goals and 8 assists in his nine games since joining the club on November 16th.
David Desharnais scored a point in his seventh straight game and Fribourg beat the Tigers 5-2 at Langnau. Overall, Desharnais has one goal and six assists in nine games. Fribourg has won seven of it’s last eight games and have surged into third place in the Swiss National League, one point behind idle Zug. On the morning of the game Desharnais talked to the Freiberger Nachrichten about adapting to Swiss hockey.
“It’s a different game. You have a bit more time, but it also takes longer to get in front of the net, so the defenders have more time to straighten out a mistake.” Desharnais also noted how quickly his European tenure would end, if the NHL and the NHLPA ever arrive at a new CBA. . “If the agreement comes during a game, I would finish the game. However, when if an agreement were to be reached in the afternoon, I wouldn’t play that night because I don’t want to risk hurting myself
No danger of that happening in the next twenty-four hours and Desharnais will again be on the ice with Fribourg for a home game Saturday against Davos. Also Saturday Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz will return to action. Weber’s Geneva Eagles will host Biel while Diaz and Zug will be at Ambri-Piotta.
The ECHL’s Alaska Aces (Scott Gomez) will play the second of four straight games against the Utah Grizzlies at Anchorage Friday. Colby Armstrong is practicing with the Grizzlies but is not expected to play this weekend.
Also a busy night for Canadiens prospects. The Hamilton Bulldogs lost 5-1 on the road in Syracuse . Click here for the game story. They’ll move on to Hershey for a game Saturday night to compete a four game road trip.
In the OHL the Windsor Spitfires edged the Sting 3-2 in a shootout. Canadiens fourth round pick Brady Vail scored one of the Windsor goals. Alex Galchenyuk failed to get a point during the game but scored in the shootout.
QMJHL – At Chicoutimi, Charles Hudon’s first period goal stood up as the Sagueneens edged Baie Comeau 1-0 Friday night. Hudon, the Canadiens fifth choice in the 2012 draft, now 36 points in 26 games (18goals, 19 assists).
And at Gatineau, Drummondville’s Olivier Archambault (4th round 2011) was kept off the as the Voltigeurs were beaten 3-1.
Later on, in the WHL – Kamloops (Tim Bozon) will host Prince George.