Keeping Up with the Bruins Worldwide: Early November

By Emma Harger
Tuukka Rask represented Finland in the recently-concluded Karjala Cup. Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

The Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) played back-to-back-to-back games this past weekend, including a tilt on Veterans Day against the division rival Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks). They began their long weekend on Nov. 9 with a 2-1 shootout win over the Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils). Though Adam Henrique opened the scoring for Albany, Chris Bourque answered on the power play during the second period, scoring his first goal as a member of the Bruins organization. In the shootout, he scored, as did Jamie Tardif for all the offense needed to get the win.

Plus, Bobby Robins performed his specialty, getting in a fight with Alexander Urbom:

(Too bad that it appears there’s just one camera available. That’s not the best configuration for capturing fight action.)

But after making the fairly shot trip to Manchester to meet the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings) the next day, the P-Bruins couldn’t keep up the momentum. They were shut out 3-0, although not by Jonathan Quick, who is forbidden from playing in Monarchs games–he’s only allowed to practice and work out with them.

Back home at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Nov. 11, the Sharks came in and got a 4-3 shootout win. Ryan Spooner, Garnet Exelby and Tardif scored, and then Spooner and Bourque sank goals in the shootout, but Worcester put away one more in the shootout for the win. Things got a little rough between these division rivals by the looks of it: Exelby and Jordan Caron both got unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, plus Robins fought again.

So, with this three-game weekend over, the P-Bruins stand at 14th in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the Atlantic Division. They’ll have another three-game weekend coming up this weekend with games against Manchester, the Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders).

Meanwhile across the Atlantic Ocean, as European teams prepare to come back from their early November break, the Karjala Cup between players representing the Czech Republic, Sweden, Russia and Finland concluded. The Czech Republic came out the champions, winning all three of their Cup games. Right behind them, though, was Finland, who got a 2-1 record and had Tuukka Rask in their lineup. Their other goalie was another NHL netminder, Pekka Rinne. Rinne got both of Finland’s wins, but Rask was on record for a 1-0 shutout loss against the Czech squad.

Two European teams with Bruins in the lineups resumed play on Nov. 13. Both are Swiss: the National League A’s HC Lugano and the National League B’s HC Red Ice. In Chris Kelly‘s second game with Red Ice, he was held scoreless as Red Ice lost 6-5 to SC Langenthal.

Patrice Bergeron returned to game action with Lugano as they faced HC Ambri-Piotta. In Lugano’s 5-2 win, Bergeron got a goal.

The KHL and Czech league returned to action on Nov. 14. HC Lev Praha put up a 3-2 win, their first under a new head coach (who was brought in after the team had a dreadful October and won just one game). Zdeno Chara scored a goal for Lev. On the other hand, Anton Khudobin did door duty as HC Atlant Moscow Oblast suffered a 2-0 loss.

Over in the Czech Republic, Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask and David Krejci got back on the ice. Ference’s HC Mountfield won 3-2 in overtime, Rask’s HC Plzen lost 3-2 and Krejci’s HC Pardubice lost 2-1.

Though Tyler Seguin and EHC Biel won’t return to game action for two more days, he’s already back in Switzerland and…

If he and Patrick Kane aren’t taking part in a Gangnam Style-esque photoshoot–judging by the horse-riding clothes–then I am not sure what is happening here.

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