Keeping Up with the Bruins Worldwide: Nov. 26-Dec. 4

By Emma Harger
Zdeno Chara is used to wearing a black and yellow C. For the time being, he’s also wearing a blue and red one. Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The Providence Bruins came off a three-game weekend having earned points from all three matches. On Nov. 30, they beat the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) 4-2 at home with goals from Alden Hirschfeld, David Warsofsky and two from Jamie Tardif. Niklas Svedberg also stood tall and denied Chad Kolarik on the penalty shot.

On Nov. 1, the P-Bruins made it two wins in a row when they traveled to Portland, Maine and defeated the Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes) 5-2. Jordan Caron opened the scoring, Tardif had another goal, Zach Trotman scored and then the P-Bruins scored twice on the same empty net when Ryan Spooner and Christian Hanson both put away ENGs about a minute apart.

Nov. 2 was the only game of the weekend without a win. Back at home, the P-Bruins lost to the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) 3-2 in a shootout, so they did still earn a point for the effort. Hanson scored again and Justin Florek added another goal.

After that game, though, was a pretty special thing as the P-Bruins invited Patrick Burke from the You Can Play Project into the locker room to discuss issues like not using homophobic slurs. Burke said the meeting didn’t take long at all because the team was definitely on board with the idea. This makes the team the second AHL team to get with You Can Play.

Another three-game weekend awaits: Dec. 7 against Manchester, Dec. 8 at Worcester and Dec. 9 against Adirondack.

Meanwhile in Europe:

Zdeno Chara was named temporary captain of HC Lev Praha after captain Jiri Novotny hurt his shoulder during a road trip to far eastern Russia and flew back to Prague for treatment. In his first game as captain on Nov. 30, he helped lead the team to a 3-2 win following a 2-1 loss. Lev followed that 3-2 win up with another 3-2 victory on Dec. 2 that was hard-fought until the last buzzer.

Anton Khudobin was in net for a rare thing this season for HC Atlant Moscow Oblast: a three-game win streak. He got it started on Nov. 26 by allowing just two goals in a 5-2 Atlant win, shut out Salavat Yulayev Ufa 2-0 on Nov. 28 and ended November with a 3-1 win. The win streak ended there when Atlant lost 3-2 on Dec. 2.

HC Mountfield and Andrew Ference brushed off a huge 8-0 loss on Nov. 25 and put up a 3-0 win on Nov. 30. Then in a goal-filled 6-5 win over Vitkovice Steel on Dec. 2, Ference helped out on one of Vinny Prospal‘s two goals of the night.

David Krejci had two goals in a 5-3 win for HC Pardubice on Nov. 30, but then in a return to Trinec, where he spent time in the junior leagues, he managed only one assist as Pardubice lost big 8-4 on Dec. 2.

Rich Peverley has kept a scoring streak for JYP Jyvaskyla alive since scoring a goal on Nov. 24, adding a goal and assist on Nov. 27 as JYP won 5-4. Then he added a power play and an empty net goal on Nov. 30 to help JYP get a 4-2 win. Even when the team lost, as they did 2-1 on Dec. 1, Peverley still put up the only goal.

Patrice Bergeron had an up-and-down-and-up-again week with HC Lugano. He didn’t score but Lugano won 2-0 on Nov. 27, once again he was held scoreless as the team lost 5-1 on Nov. 30, but then he had an assist as they won 5-1 (yes, seriously) on Dec. 2. Today he is facing EHC Biel and Tyler Seguin, which should be an amusing matchup.

Speaking of Biel and Seguin, he too had a little lull in scoring this past week. Biel lost twice in a row on Nov. 27 and 30, the latter by a 3-0 shutout, Seguin scoring in neither. But then on Dec. 1 in a 4-3 loss, he had a hand in all three of Biel’s goals, scoring two and assisting on the other.

In the Swiss B-league, Chris Kelly continues to be a part of scoring for HC Red Ice. He wasn’t able to get a scoring streak restarted since he didn’t score in a Nov. 27 shutout loss or in a 2-1 loss on Dec. 2, but he did provide two helpers on Nov. 30 as Red Ice won 4-2. Fun trivia: At age 33, Kelly is the oldest player on the Red Ice roster.

The Seidenberg brothers keep producing together for Adler Mannheim. Yannic had a goal in the team’s 3-2 overtime loss on Nov. 30. Then on Dec. 2, Dennis helped out twice and Yannic assisted again as Adler won 6-3 and kept their lead in the German league.

Bruins prospects made waves all over the world this past week, too. Here’s more:

Alex Khokhlachev (or Khokhlachyov, as it is spelled in the video to follow) has been playing for KHL Spartak Moscow this season, a decision he made long before the lockout began because he felt he would be best served there–where his dad is in the front office–than another year in the OHL. In 24 games, he has two goals and five assists, including this beauty from Nov. 30 against SKA St. Petersburg:

Effectively cleaning up a rebound that may have gone to waste as a scoring opportunity, Khokhlachev gets the puck, does a little fancy handling and throws it home–so hard the puck blasts back out of the net–for a goal that is quite emphatically announced by the Russian-language announcer.

In the world of college hockey, Matt Grzelcyk of Boston University had a big weekend. He played a home-and-home series with archrival Boston College and contributed a wraparound goal to BU’s 4-2 win on Nov. 30. Though he didn’t repeat this output, and BU lost 5-2 on Dec. 1, both halves of this home-and-home were shown on NBC Sports Network to a national audience. (They were also both called by the normal NHL duo of Pierre McGuire and Doc Emerick–whether that is good news or not is up to your own interpretation.) Coming off that big weekend is more good news for Grzelcyk: he’s been selected for USA Hockey’s preliminary junior team roster.

This comes a day after Team Canada announced their preliminary roster selections, which include three Bruins prospects: Anthony Camara, Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban.

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