Anyone who’s had the pleasure will tell you that bruised ribs can be a nagging and often breathtaking thing.

It’s been 21 days since Andrei Markov suffered the injury and he was still out of the Chekhov lineup Wednesday as Vityaz lost 4-3 in overtime to Dynamo at Minsk Belarus.  The Kontinental League, like the NHL, can be close-to-the-vest when it comes to injuries which could lead to speculation that the injury is something a little more serious than a”bruise”. Markov made it clear the day after he was forced out of  the Chekhov lineup October 26th that the problem was the result of a mid ice collision and had nothing to do with his surgically repaired knee.

For the record, Washington Capitals and Minsk linemates NiklasBackstrom and Alexander Ovechkin keyed the 4-3 Minsk win.  Backstrom completed his hattrick at 4:21 of overtime.  Ovechkin had one assist off a game-leading nine shots on goal.

Alexei Emelin was in action in Kazan’s 3-0 win over Dynamo.  The game was played in front of 5980 at Riga Latvia.  Emelin logged with no points and one shot on goal.

……….Two more locked out members of the Canadiens will be making European season debuts. In the Swiss League David Desharnais will be in the Fribourg lineup Friday at home against Biel and in Finland’s SM-Liga Lars Eller is expected to make his debut with JYP Jyväskylä Friday at home against Tampere.  Among his teammates will be Montrealers and former NHLer’s Ramzi Abid and Eric Perrin