More Euro Hockey Tour action this week
The KHL, SM-Liiga, and Swiss Leagues were all on break for the Channel One Cup leg of the Euro Hockey Tour. Two Red Wings players are on their respective national teams. Jakub Kindl is with the Czech team who all three of their games, getting shut out in two of them. Kindl is a -1 (the Czechs have been outscored 13-2) and has six penalty minutes. Meanwhile, Pavel Datsyuk scored eight points in the three games he's played. He had two assists in his team's 5-1 win over Sweden on Thursday and a hat trick with an assist on Friday in their 6-0 shutout of the Czechs. To finish things off, Datsyuk added two more assists in Russias 3-1 win over Finland
Highlights of Russia's 6-0 win over the Czechs (Datsyuk's hat trick)
- On the first highlight, you can see Datsyuk win the faceoff and then a board battle to get the secondary assist on Alex Radulov's goal (and that Jakub Kindl is the guy trying to cover Radulov in front)
- Pavel's first goal starts at 2:38. What a snipe.
- Skip to 5:23 to see Pavs' second score. It's another good feed by Radulov and shows that good things can happen when you go to the front of the net with your stick on the ice.
- The third one is pure Datsyuk. Jump to 8:00 and watch a harmless broken zone entry/turnover turn into a nightmare for the Czech defender who thinks it's a good idea to pass across the ice at his own blueline with Datsyuk on the ice. Beautiful.
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Datsyuk's team fired their head coach this week, as they disappointingly sit fourth, despite the team's spending. Also of news this week, Datsyuk was named a starter for the KHL All-Star Game, which he'll presumably be playing in the 2nd week of January.
Upcoming Games: CSKA picks back up on Thursday against Ak Bars, then plays Salavat Yulaev on Sunday.
Henrik Zetterberg/Damien Brunner
EV Zug (Swiss League A)
No idea what Brunner did this week, but Zetterberg got himself named in a lawsuit, so there's that.
Upcoming Games: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday for Zug this week against Rapperswil-Jona, HC Lugano, and Davos
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Flip is probably out another four weeks or so with a knee injury.
Upcoming Games: Tuesday and Wednesday for the Jokers. They'll face Lock and Blues.
Braehead Clan (EIHL, UK)
The Clan took a 5-1 loss on Saturday against Cardiff with only 11 skaters in the lineup, not including Drew Miller.
Miller didn't play Sunday either, although Braehead is still beset with injuries and illnesses. They had only 12 skaters in the lineup for that 5-3 loss.
Upcoming Games: Next Saturday, a rematch against Cardiff.
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Pardubice still kinda sucks. The end.
Upcoming Games: Wednesday versus Kladno and Friday against Slavia Prague.
Olimpija Ljubljana (Erste Bank Liga)
Mursak was back in the lineup in his team's 3-0 win against the Graz 99ers, but he only got on the scoresheet for a roughing penalty. He was also held off the sheet for Sunday's 4-3 victory over Dornbirner, where his team scored the game-winner on a power play in the last minute.
Videos are available at the Erste Bank website (have to browse for HDD Telemach)
Upcoming Games: Just Sunday this week against SAPA Fehervar AV 19
Jonathan Ericsson / Cory Emmerton / Kyle Quincey
These three all played in outside leagues, but are done with that now. Ericsson played seven games in Sweden and left for tax considerations. Emmerton broke his finger in his first game in the Finnish league and has returned to the US. Kyle Quincey played with the CHL's Denver Cutthroats on a limited contract before leaving the team.