Andrei Markov played his first game since October 26th Wednesday as Vityaz Chekhov edged Magnitogorsk    4-3 at 3:35 of overtime.  Markov was hardly eased back into  the lineup after missing seven games.  He logged 24:38 and 26 shifts including 2:37 of overtime.  Markov was out of Vityaz lineup for 33 days with  what was called at the time a “bruised rib”.

Alexei Emelin and Ak-Bars Kazan edged Lokomotiv 3-2 at Yaroslavl.  Emelin put in 20:48 and had two shots on goal but no points.  With the win Kazan moved into first place in the KHL’s Eastern Conference one point ahead of Avangard Omsk.

The Czech Extraliga schedule picks up Thursday with the Kladno Knights and Tomas Plekanec at Karlovy Vary.