On December 29th in the Czech Republic, Tomas Plekanec twisted his torso the wrong way and suffered a painful rib muscle injury. He was able to finally participate in full practice Wednesday at Canadiens training camp working on a line with Brian Gionta and rookie Alexander Galchenyuk.
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While the NHL and it’s player’s association continue to do their dance in New Jersey and European hockey takes it’s annual ten day December schedule break, life goes on in the nether regions of North American hockey.
All seven members of the locked-out Canadiens currently in Europe are now off for ten days as the leagues take their rraditional ten day December break. Tomas Plekanec notched another assist in a losing effort against Sparta Prague on Sunday.
The Kladno Knights paid the price the defection of three of their NHL stars Tuesday. They were shutout 4-0 in a key battle for second place in the Czech Extraliga. In the Swiss League Tuesday, David Desharnais and Raphael Diaz went up against each over as Fribourg hosted Zug.
Tomas Plekanec assisted on the winning goal in Kladno in the Czech Republic and in Russia Alexei Emelin was part of a Ak-Bars Kazan win on the road Sunday. Alexander Galchenyuk follows a four point night with a goal against Oshawa, his 20th of the season..
Tomas Plekanec and his linemates continue to ride a hot scoring streak in the Czech Extraliga. Plekanec scored a goal and assist Thursday in Kladno’s 3-0 win over Karlovy Vary Thursday.
Five members of the locked out Canadiens saw action in European Leagues Friday. Tomas Plekanec had a three point night, Alexei Emelin scored the first goal of his KHL season, and in the Swiss League Raphael Diaz with two assists, David Desharnais with his first Swiss League point.
While Andrei Markov remained on the sidelines with his rib problem, locked out members of the Canadiens played in Prague, Finlad plus Lugano and Zug Switzerland on Tuesday..
The European hockey schedule resumes this week after their ten day pause. Tomas Plekanec was the first member of the Canadiens to see action as Kladno played at Czech Extraliga game at Třinec. The other six locked out Habs will play later in the week.
Three of the Canadiens 2012 junior draft picks, including Alex Galcheyuk saw action Friday night. Kamloops forward Tim Bozon served a one game suspensioh.