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BROSSARD, Que. Thiago Silva Jersey . -- Tomas Plekanec doesnt draw a lot of Selke Trophy votes as the NHLs best defensive forward, but coach Michel Therrien thinks he ought to. "He should be a serious candidate for sure," Therrien said Monday of his best two-way centre. "He does so many good things on the ice. "When we ask him to play against the other teams top lines, he always does the job and he can contribute on offence too." Plekanec and his right winger, captain Brian Gionta, play regularly against the top lines in the NHL. More often than not, the matchup works in Montreals favour. The 31-year-old Czech was at the top of his game in a 2-1 win on Saturday night over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. His unit with veteran Travis Moen on left wing for the night went up against the Blackhawks top line of 2013 Selke winner Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Plekanec got 19:36 of ice time, won 56 per cent of his faceoffs and had 11 shots on goal, although he failed to register a point. And Hossa made a sweet move to score in the third period, so Plekanec and his linemates ended the night at minus-1, despite playing perhaps their strongest game of the season. Plekanec said facing top centres, most of whom are much bigger than his five-foot-11 195-pound frame, has been his job for many years and he doesnt think about winning awards for it. "When you go on the ice against those guys you know that your job is to keep them as quiet as possible and try to get their focus on something else than scoring goals," he said. "Thats been my job for quite a few years here -- being a strong guy at both ends of the ice -- but its not up to me to decide that and its not really where my focus is. My focus is on winning the Stanley Cup with Montreal. Its nice to hear, but its not up to me." Despite his many scoring chances, Plekanec ended a three-game points streak. He has 14 goals and 14 assists and is plus-9 in 46 games this season, a little below his 33 points in 47 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. His best season was 70 points in 2009-10, but since then he has had more emphasis placed on his two-way game, with time on the second power play unit, and he has settled into a 50-plus points player. "When were good on defence, offence comes out of it," he said. "It think the main reason behind so many scoring chances last game is that we were so strong defensively. "We didnt get stuck in our own zone and we were good on the forecheck. Thats how you get offence." He is also on the first penalty killing unit with Moen on a team that ranks third in the league with an 86.4 per cent kill rate. Now he hopes the team can reproduce that effort when it plays host to the much less powerful attack of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. The 26-15-5 Canadiens have tended to play up or down to their competition this season, which has made for some embarrassing defeats as well as uplifting wins like that against Chicago. The Devils (19-18-10) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto and have points in four straight games. "Weve got to find that consistency in our team play," said Plekanec. "I dont think weve been able to find it yet this year. "Its a good opportunity to come out strong against Jersey. Theyre a good team too, even if theyre not as high in the standings. Weve been playing good games and bad games. Were in a good spot in the standings and thats something we can be happy about, but we have to find a way to be better consistently." It appears Therrien will keep Moen on Plekanecs line. The gritty six-foot-two winger has played mostly on checking lines this season and has only one goal in 41 games. While fans sometimes dont appreciate what Moen brings to the game, Therrien said he is the kind of player that coaches like. "He doesnt do anything spectacular, but his positioning is good, he wins battles on the boards, he understands the game," said Therrien. "For me, Travis is having a good season. "Hes very respected by his teammates. We gave him a nice challenge on Saturday and he had a good game." A concern for Montreal is how its power play, which was scoring regularly early in the season, has sputtered. It has been without a goal in 14 chances over the last four games and has produced only six goals in the last 21. The team has been working on adjustments to a power play that may have become too dependent on setting up shots from the point, particularly from P.K. Subban. "Maybe we have to make some down-low plays instead of trying to feed P.K. for a shot because everyone knows he has a strong one-timer, but if we start making other plays, then things will open up for him again," said Plekanec. Plekanec is also gearing up to play for the Czech Republic at the Sochi Olympics, where hell serve as team captain. One of his teammates will be 42-year-old Peter Nedved, who has been playing in the Czech league since leaving the NHL in 2007. "He plays really well on the big ice and hes suited to that game, so I think hes going to be a pretty good asset," said Plekanec. "I think a lot of people will be surprised at how well hes going to play." Angel Di Maria Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . And thats about it. After the Salukis 73-65 loss at Murray State on Tuesday night, Hinson called his players "uncoachable," "a bunch of mamas boys" and compared the disciplining of his young team to housebreaking a puppy. Presnel Kimpembe Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . -- The Val-dOr Foreurs made it to the Memorial Cup semifinal thanks to their workhorse goaltender and their ability to hang around like a bad cold. .Y. -- Syracuses streak lives on -- barely.PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germains expensive stars again failed to deliver the flair to match the clubs huge financial outlay, so it was left to 18-year-old homegrown player Adrien Rabiot to break newly-promoted Guingamps resistance in the French league on Saturday. PSG scraped a 2-0 home win after netting twice in injury time as Rabiot came off the bench to grab his first goal for the club, and then Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his scoring drought moments later with his first goal of a frustrating season. "It was a laborious first half, we were asleep," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "It should be pointed out that the players didnt give up, even with a few minutes left." It was PSGs second straight win after last weekends equally difficult 2-1 win at Nantes, another promoted club, and underlined how Blancs team has yet to play with fluidity and teamwork despite having unlimited funds to recruit top talents. "We would like to be more calm and sure of ourselves, but thats not the case," he said. Leader Marseille, which has won all three games, can restore its four-point lead over PSG if it beats visiting Monaco on Sunday night. PSG needed a handling error from visiting goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa to break the deadlock in the first minute of injury time, when Rabiot kneed the ball over the line after Samassa palmed a shot into his path. "Its my first goal for PSG," Rabiot said. "Im happy the coach gave me my chance." Two minutes later, Ibrahimovic ran onto a long pass, muscled defender Jeremy Sorbon off the ball and slotted it past Samassa for his first goal in five games this season. The win moved PSG provisionally up to second place with eight points. Earlier, seventh-placed Lyons losing streak increased to four matches after being defeated 2-1 at Evian. Striker Edinson Cavani and centre half Thiago Silva both hit the crossbar with headers from corners in the first half. Ibrahimovic had almost scored in the fourth minute with a curling free kick that hit the post, and winger Ezequiel Lavezzi missed an open goal as the rebound landed at his feet. Despite fielding three players each costing more than 40 million euros ($52.5 million), PSG failed to show any attackking flair for most of a drab first half. Giovani Lo Celso Paris Saint-Germain Jersey. . Rabiot pounced when Samassa tried to pat the ball down after saving a header from a corner, rather than just pushing it wide, and it slipped out of his grasp. "You have to try and give (homegrown players) some playing time," Blanc said. "If they respond well, I wont hesitate to pick them." The fact PSG threaten most from corners is indicative that its buildup play remains fairly redundant and one-paced. Guingamp has nothing like the sort of money being pumped into PSG by Qatari investors but was mostly untroubled until the 36th when Samassa was called into action. He tipped over Cavanis glancing header from a corner, then saw Silvas header come back off the crossbar from the ensuing corner, and moments later made a smart double save to deny Cavani and midfielder Thiago Motta. Cavani cost (euro)64 million ($84 million) in the fifth most expensive transfer in history and looked the most threatening player. His angled shot was scrambled off the line shortly after the break and then he volleyed wide from a tight angle in the 65th. PSG enjoyed a big reprieve in the 76th when Mustapha Yatabare went clean through on goal, only for his shot to hit goalie Salvatore Sirigus face. Meanwhile, Lyons day got worse when midfielder Yoann Gourcuff limped off at halftime clutching the back of his left thigh. Coach Remi Garde was angry with the attitude shown by his players, with five members of the starting lineup homegrown. "Of course Im worried, especially if we carry on like this," Garde said. Striker Kevin Berigaud put Evian 2-0 up at halftime before midfielder Jordan Ferri replied with his first goal in professional football. Lyon has one of the most highly reputed academies in European football and there were six more homegrown players on the bench. In Saturdays other matches, it was: Bastia 2, Toulouse 1; Lorient 1, Valenciennes 0; Reims 0, Nantes 0; Rennes 0, Lille 0, and Sochaux 0, Ajaccio 0. Striker Vincent Aboubakar scored Lorients goal, while Romania striker Claudiu Keseru and midfielder Christian Romaric scored for Bastia. Saint-Etienne hosts Bordeaux and Nice faces Montpellier in Sundays other games. 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