Hockey - Olaf Kraak
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
CSKA got shut out by Lokomotiv 4-0 on Wednesday thanks to three points from Artem Anisimov and 34 saves from Semyon Varlamov. They rebounded Friday against Alex Semin's Torpedo (heh...) after falling behind 2-0, Datsyuk got an assist and the game-tying goal to send the game to OT, where Sergei Shirokov scored the only goal to win it for CSKA.
Datsyuk now has 25 points in 20 games played and is still second on his team in scoring to Alex Radulov (who has fallen two points behind in the league scoring leader race). Pavel sits at a +6 rating and wins 63.8% of his faceoffs (of which he's taken 373 this season).
CSKA 0 - 4 Lokomotiv
CSKA 3 - 2 Torpedo
If they post a better version of this video, I'll replace it. Good stuff starts at the 25 second mark as Datsyuk throws a beautiful cross-ice feed. Check out Pavel's goal starting at 41 seconds in. Grabovski drives the defense to give him room and Datsyuk just lobs it up into the fray, then gets his own rebound when the goalie doesn't immediately freeze it. Gorgeous.
Upcoming Games: CSKA picks back up Wednesday against Metallurg Novokuznetsk with Brent Sopel (and Chris Simon). On Friday, they take on Amur Khabarovsk and that Dmitry Shitikov guy. Then on Sunday, CSKA takes on Sibir Novosibirsk.
EV Zug (Swiss League A)
Zug lost their Tuesday game to Geneve-Servette HC 6-2, then went on to win the Friday/Saturday home-and-home against SCL Tigers by a combined score of 13-4 (6-2:7-2).
Henrik Zetterberg was kept somewhat quiet on the scoresheet for Zug this week, notching one goal, one assist, and four penalty minutes in the three games. Damien Brunner had three goals and an assist to keep his league scoring lead. Brunner's 38 points in 23 games has him in the shiny helmet still. Zetterberg has played 10 fewer matches, but is 4th on the team with 19 points, just 3 behind Rafael Diaz.
Zug 2 - 6 Geneve Servette(Tuesday)
Zug 6 - 2 SCL Tigers (Friday)
Zetterberg goal highlight starts at 01:05
Brunner goal highlight starts at 02:50
Zug 7 - 2 SCL Tigers (Saturday)
Brunner's first goal starts the video
Brunner's 2nd goal highlight at 00:54
Upcoming Games: Just Tuesday and Friday for Zug this week, as they meet Davos and Geneve-Servette again.
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Three of four smiley-faces on Jokerit's calendar this week, despite Jokerit playing without Valtteri Filppula, who is still 5-7 weeks from returning from a knee injury. Tuesday, they beat Weasel 4-3; Thursday was a 4-0 shutout of Lock (Teemu Pulkkinen assisted on the game's third goal). Saturday was a 5-1 loss to JYP. Finally, Jokerit beat the Blues 5-3 on Sunday. Pulkkinen added another assist in that one.
Upcoming Games: Thursday and Saturday games this week for Jokerit. First against Tappara and then against Aces.
Braehead Clan (EIHL, UK)
Braehead lost both their games this weekend, dropping Saturday's game with Sheffield 7-2 before losing 6-4 to Hull on Sunday. Miller had one of the two goals against Sheffield and now has five on the season in his 12 games.
You can watch the carnage from Friday below. Drew Miller's goal highlight starts at 3:00.
Upcoming Games: The Clan is at it on Saturday and Sunday, welcoming Sheffield before heading to Hull.
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Pardubice won Friday 3-2 against Comet Brno, but lost 4-2 on Sunday to Sparta Prague. Kindl didn't earn any points this week, but he came out +1 overall in the two games.
Upcoming Games: Pardubice takes on Zlin on Friday and Trinec on Sunday.
Södertälje (Swedish Allsvenskan)
Riggy's back in the states after seven games in Sweden.
Olimpija Ljubljana (Erste Bank Liga)
Olimpija went 1-2 this week. They started out well on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over EC VSV, but dropped the next two, losing 4-2 to Orli Znojmo on Friday and 2-1 to HC TWK Innsbruck on Sunday.
Mursak scored the first two Olimpija goals on Tuesday, was held scoreless on Friday and got an assist on his team's lone goal on Sunday. Mursak is tied for third in league scoring with his teammate Brock McBride. Both players have 32 points (Mursak's coming in 19 games to McBride's 23). They each sit five points behind league leader Luciano Aquino of Dornbirner. Mursak is also a +16 on the season and has just two penalty minutes.
Videos are available at the Erste Bank website (have to browse for HDD Telemach)
Upcoming Games: Olimpija plays Friday against EV Vienna Capitals and then on Sunday against the Liwest EHC Black Wings.
Emmerton has returned to the U.S. and is trying to stay in shape while his broken finger heals. I just like keeping him here to keep Quincey buried at the bottom, although I'm not sure I understand why I do that. I don't dislike Quincey. It's probably because he's playing in Denver right now.
Denver Cutthroats (CHL)
Denver started the week on Wednesday with a 4-1 win in Rapid City, then lost in the same city on Friday 3-2 in a shootout. Saturday, the two teams took their series to Denver in a 4-3 win for the Cutthroats. Sunday's game has not started as of this writing. As soon as that game happens, I will update this post with the information and this whole sentence will disappear. (Update: The sentence didn't disappear, but Quincey isn't in the lineup and so I don't care about the Cutthroats, so that's that)
Quincey didn't play any of the games this week after being put on team suspension on Monday. I have come up completely blank on a reason for this, so I don't want to speculate. It could literally be anything keeping him out of the lineup.
Upcoming Games: Denver plays Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, all home games. Wednesday's game will be against the Bloomington Blaze, while Friday and Saturday's matchups are against the Wichita Thunder.
With the NHL Owners meetings taking place on December 5th, I'm anticipating at least another couple of weeks worth of these posts.