As October winds down, the Boston Bruins stationed in Europe during the NHL lockout are playing their last few games of the month and preparing for breaks coming at the start of November. Here’s what’s happening on Oct. 30.
Over in the KHL, both HC Atlant Moscow Oblast and HC Lev Praha lost their most recent games yesterday. Anton Khudobin took the night off as Atlant lost 3-1. Zdeno Chara had a power play goal for Lev, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Metallurg Novokuznetsk as they lost 3-2 in overtime.
Rich Peverley and JYP Jyvaskyla lost 3-1 today and Peverley’s only contributions were four penalty minutes. Despite JYP’s two most recent games ending in losses, they still have enough points saved up to remain atop the league.
Patrice Bergeron returned from missing two games with a hand injury and has three points so far–a goal and two assists–in HC Lugano‘s game against HC Geneve-Servette. He helped out in some way on every goal Lugano scored, but Geneve-Servette staged a speedy comeback at the end of the third and won 4-3.
Also in Switzerland, Tyler Seguin played with Patrick Kane for EHC Biel. Seguin had an assist and Kane had two points in Biel’s 7-4 loss to EV Zug.
Note that the European leagues are taking a little break next month. There’s a tournament, the Karjala Cup, to be held from Nov. 7 to 10 in Finland, and another one in Germany (the Deutschland Cup) from Nov. 9 to 11. Players represent their home countries in round-robin tournaments that are often used as scouting for future World Championships. So, this is kind of like an All-Star Game break.
Adler Mannheim (Dennis Seidenberg) will break from Nov. 5 to 15.
EHC Biel (Seguin) will break from Nov. 4 to 15.
HC Atlant Moscow Oblast (Khudobin) will break from Nov. 1 to Nov. 13.
HC Lev Praha (Chara) will break from Nov. 4 to 13.
HC Lugano (Bergeron) will break from Nov. 4 to 12.
HC Mountfield (Andrew Ference) will break from Nov. 3 to 13.
HC Pardubice (David Krejci) will break from Nov. 5 to 13.
HC Plzen (Tuukka Rask) will break from Nov. 5 to 13.
JYP Jyvaskyla (Peverley) will break from Nov. 4 to 15.
Seguin is already planning to use this time to come back to North America and visit Boston and Toronto. His Bruins teammates may choose to do the same.
For about a week and change, it’s going to be quiet in Europe. Maybe things won’t be so quiet over here in terms of labor negotiations.