16-Raphael Diaz Defends In Loss To Lugano Friday

Raphael Diaz registered a power play goal and assist but Zug lost 7-4 at Lugano.  Diaz, in nine games, leads the league’s defensemen with nine points (3g-6ass).  For Lugano, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron recorded three assists. Former Canadien Glen Metropolit,  playing on Bergeron’s line, had a goal and assist and took over the league scoring lead with 15 points in 12 games (13 goals-12 assists).  Metropolit played for Zug last year.  Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, who signed with Zug on Monday, was not in the lineup.Ambri-Piotta lost it’s 10th game in a row bowing to Rapperswil-Jona Lakers 5-3 at Rapperswil.  Max Pacioretty is still recovering from a bout with the flu and missed his second straight game.  Ottawa’s Jason Spezza scored Lakers  goal into an empty net.  Former Hab David Aebischer was the winning goaltender.

Geneva-Servette Eagles beat the Zurich Lions 4-2.  Yannick Weber failed to register a point or a shot on goal.  San Jose’s Logan Couture scored one of the Geneva goals.  The Eagles have won ten of their first eleven games and have a ten point lead in the SNL standings over Zurich and Lugano.

Next for the locked out Canadiens in Europe  In the Swiss League Saturday Geneva will play the Flyers in Kloten,   Zug will be at Rapperswil, and Ambri will try to avoid an 11th straight loss when they host Davos.        In the KHL Andrei Markov will play in his fourth game Saturday as Vityaz returns home to Chekhov where they’ll host the Ukrainian team Donbass.        In the Czech Extraliga Tomas Plekanec and Tomas Kaberle will be in action with Kladno when they host Litvinov Sunday.