The Providence Bruins had an extremely hot and cold weekend when they traveled to Newfoundland to take on the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) in back-to-back games on Nov. 24 and 25. On Nov. 24, the P-Bruins beat the IceCaps by a 3-2 score in a shootout. The P-Bruins got out to a lead after a scoreless first period when Alden Hirschfeld scored his first goal of the season right before the end of the second. The IceCaps answered at the top of the third, Ryan Spooner then scored his fourth goal of the season, but one more St. John’s answer led to overtime and shootout. Of all the shooters on both sides, only Spooner scored to secure the win. Bobby Robins dropped the gloves with Dean Arsene in the third period and Chris Bourque assisted on both goals.
But one night later, the P-Bruins weren’t able to do anything at all offensively and the IceCaps steamrolled them 6-0, their biggest loss of the season so far. This continues a pattern where the P-Bruins are unable to win every single game in a weekend series. For the entire month of November to date, there have been four weekend series, and in each one there has been at least one win, but also at least one loss. With 15 points in 16 games and a 7-8-1 record, the P-Bruins are in last place in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the conference.
A three-game weekend is on tap for Providence: Nov. 30 against the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers), Dec. 1 at the Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes) and Dec. 2 against the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks).
Meanwhile in Europe, one Bruin arrived, another left, one had a hat trick and more:
Johnny Boychuk arrived in Salzburg, Austria to join EC Red Bull Salzburg, though he hasn’t played a game with them yet. More recently, Red Bull also added a pair of Americans with homophone names: Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett. The trio may debut in Red Bull’s next game on Nov. 30.
Tuukka Rask played two more games with HC Plzen before leaving for North America. He presided over a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 21 and then a 4-3 loss on Nov. 23, playing his last game in front of an appreciative Plzen crowd. They have a big reason to appreciate his work–Plzen jumped up the standings to first place while he was in net. (Here’s hoping this success can translate to Boston!)
Tyler Seguin scored his third hat trick during his Swiss tenure with EHC Biel on Nov. 23, providing 75 percent of the goals needed for Biel to win 4-2. His first goal was unassisted. But the next night, Biel lost 8-2 to SC Bern and Seguin had just one point. Maybe they caught a little of the hot-and-cold the P-Bruins had. Still, it’s nice to see Seguin producing at a nice clip. If only those three hat tricks had all been potted for the Bruins, huh?
Anton Khudobin was in net for 40 minutes of the Nov. 21 match between HC Atlant Moscow Oblast and HC Lev Praha, featuring Zdeno Chara. Atlant lost 4-2. Two days later, Khudobin played the entire game, a 3-2 loss to HC Slovan Bratislava. But Atlant’s most recent game, on Nov. 26, was a victory for ‘Dobby’ as they beat Dynamo Moscow 5-2. Atlant was able to build a 3-0 lead and then hold on to it fairly well, even with Alexander Ovechkin on the other side of things.
Speaking of Chara, Lev went on to do something they hadn’t done in quite some time this season after their 4-2 win. Two days later, they won again by a 7-3 score. Perhaps they can keep up the momentum on Nov. 28.
Patrice Bergeron provided an assist during HC Lugano‘s derby game against HC Ambri-Piotta on Nov. 24. A derby game is kind of like a big rivalry game in the NHL and tend to be between teams in the same geographic area. The teams don’t like each other, the fans don’t like each other–Ambri-Piotta fans were heard telling Lugano fans to do a rather rude thing to themselves–but in the end, the visiting Lugano team won pretty quickly in overtime.
David Krejci scored a goal as HC Pardubice won 3-2 on Nov. 23, but then he was held scoreless two days later in a 4-2 Pardubice loss.
Held scoreless on Nov. 23 as Adler Mannheim lost 5-2, Dennis Seidenberg bounced back on Nov. 25 and provided the primary assist on an empty-netter to seal a 4-2 win. The secondary assist on that goal, by the way, was courtesy of his brother Yannic. Aww. Adler continues to lead the DEL in points.
It’s been a losing sort of week for Andrew Ference and HC Mountfield. They lost all three games played this past week–Nov. 21, 23 and 25. Nov. 25 was a huge 8-0 loss to HC Energie Karlovy Vary, while Mountfield lost 3-2 in a shootout on Nov. 21 and then by a 6-3 count two days later. They have a few days to regroup before their next game on Nov. 30.
Chris Kelly kept his point-getting streak alive with HC Red Ice during their Nov. 24 game, putting up an assist though the team lost 4-2. He’s had at least one point in every single game since his premiere with Red Ice earlier this month.
Rich Peverley had a power play goal for JYP Jyvaskyla as they nipped a little losing streak in the bud and won 5-1 on Nov. 24.