Keeping Up with the Bruins Worldwide: Nov. 15-20
The Providence Bruins played another three-game weekend this past weekend and came within just one game of sweeping the slate. On Nov. 16, they played the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings) and won 3-2 on the strength of goals from Chris Bourque, Carter Camper and Jamie Tardif. Bobby Robins and Dwight King got into a fight, as did Lane MacDermid and Justin Johnson.
Following this win, the P-Bruins made their way up to Portland, Maine to face the Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes). Robins scored and Ryan Spooner put away a power play goal to bring about a 2-1 win. Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg was named the first star of the game.
Back at home on Sunday, though, the P-Bruins just couldn’t keep that momentum going when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) rolled into town. Though Christian Hanson and Dave Warsofsky both scored, that was not nearly enough to secure the win and Bridgeport was victorious, 6-2. Perhaps because of frustrations, things got a bit heated in terms of penalties–MacDermid and Robins dropped the gloves again (two separate instances), Torey Krug received a 10-minute misconduct, Bourque was caught up in some roughness, Kevan Miller got in a fight–perhaps that spirit of the Big Bad Bruins is alive and well in Rhode Island.
The Peebs will return to action on Nov. 24 after enjoying Thanksgiving, traveling up to Newfoundland for back-to-back games in St. John’s against the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets). Still at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, these two weekend wins nonetheless improved Providence’s point total to 13 in 14 games played.
Meanwhile in Europe, along with the news of Johnny Boychuk signing in Austria, more Euro teams came back to the ice after November breaks.
Here are some highlights of the past few days in European play:
Chris Kelly put up three goals in two games with HC Red Ice, scoring once in a 5-2 loss on Nov. 18 and providing two goals in a 4-1 win the next night.
Tyler Seguin showed that he has earned his unique Top Scorer sweater and helmet with EHC Biel by continuing to produce. He had two goals and an assist in Biel’s 4-3 win on Nov. 16, then turned around the next night and assisted once more, plus scored the overtime game-winning goal for a 5-4 victory.
Rich Peverley scored during JYP Jyvaskyla‘s narrow 3-2 loss on Nov. 17, which came on the heels of a 4-3 shootout win the night before that.
Dennis Seidenberg helped his teammate Yanick Lehoux complete a hat trick when he assisted on two goals, including Lehoux’s third of the game, in a 5-3 win for Adler Mannheim on Nov. 18. This came two nights after Mannheim won 2-1, though Seidenberg wasn’t on the score sheet. Adler has now taken over first place in the German league.
Andrew Ference provided some help too, putting up an assist though HC Mountfield would lose 2-1 in a shootout on Nov. 16. But then two days later, Mountfield turned around and produced a 3-1 win.
Tuukka Rask improved from being on record for a 4-3 HC Plzen loss on Nov. 16 to a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 18.
Here are some lowlights:
Anton Khudobin didn’t play on Nov. 16 or Nov. 18 for HC Atlant Moscow Oblast. On the 16th, Atlant put up their second 2-0 shutout loss in a row, but then HC Lev Praha and Zdeno Chara came to town and Atlant put up their first win in weeks, 2-1.
As mentioned above, Lev Praha didn’t do so well when they met Atlant. On Nov. 16, they lost 2-1 in overtime, plus Chara wasn’t even listed among the Praha players who played. No reason was given.
David Krejci has been a big help for HC Pardubice, but not enough to secure a win. He had an assist on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18, though Pardubice lost both matches–6-3 on the 16th, 2-1 on the 18th.
Patrice Bergeron was held scoreless as HC Lugano lost 3-1 on Nov. 16.