While the arena in Ufa, Russia is now temporarily being used for the 2013 World Junior Championship, the home team Salavat Yulaev Ufa and five other squads have gone west to Switzerland. The 2012 Spengler Cup is now underway at Vaillant Arena in Davos.
Three Boston Bruins are participating in the tournament for two different teams: Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin are with Team Canada while Dennis Seidenberg is staying with Adler Mannheim. Bergeron and Seidenberg are both wearing As for their teams during the Spengler Cup as well.
Canada and Adler played today. Adler got a 2-1 victory in overtime after scoring near the end of the first period and being able to coast on that 1-0 lead for much of the game. However, Seguin evened things out with a goal close to the end of regulation–assisted by his linemate, Bergeron. Ah, it almost sounds like the good old days again, doesn’t it?
The official website, in German, described Seguin’s goal as such (thanks to Google Translate): “Tyler Seguin scored the deserved equalizer on the power play.” After taking two penalties himself during the game–tripping penalties both times–he probably did deserve to get some offense going.
Three minutes into overtime, Bergeron attempted to put away the game for Canada. The official site strikes again: “Patrice Bergeron (Team Canada) with the far greatest chance in overtime.”
In the end, Jason Pominville, a recent and temporary addition to the Adler lineup, was the one who got the winning overtime goal. However, Seguin was named the best player of the game for the Team Canada side and Bergeron won 15 of his faceoffs.
Next up for Team Canada is a game against HC Davos on Dec. 27. Teams in the Spengler Cup can borrow a few players for the duration of the tournament and Davos has elected to borrow two of Seguin’s Swiss teammates, Patrick Kane and goalie Reto Berra. Adler will also play HC Davos next, but on Dec. 28.
The tournament runs through Dec. 31.
Also check out Boston Bruins at the World Junior Championship for Dec. 26.