Boston Bruins fans, it looks like we could be in for some more intense infighting during the definitely-still-happening NHL lockout. A meeting between the two sides last week went very badly and today is the league's self-imposed deadline to save an 82-game season, but there have been no further talks or meetings at all. But, there is still hockey to be played elsewhere and many Bruins continue to achieve while spending time in Europe.
Patrice Bergeron: Bergeron kept his point streak going with a goal on Oct. 19 and then a goal and an assist the following night as EHC Biel came to town. So, with HC Lugano climbing the league standings and Bergeron's streak still alive, it all came to an end as he missed Lugano's Oct. 23 game with an upper-body injury. (Lugano lost in overtime.) His streak now ends at 11 points in five games, though he did practice on Oct. 25 and is questionable, but not yet ruled out, for the team's next game.
Zdeno Chara: HC Lev Praha has been in a bad place for pretty much all of October. Their 3-0 shutout loss to CSKA Moscow on Oct. 19 just made their October record look even redder, but they did get a few days to rest and regroup before their next game, which is also against CSKA. Chara is familiar with some of CSKA's players, like Ilya Bryzgalov and Pavel Datsyuk, so perhaps he can parlay that familiarity into helping Lev win one.
Andrew Ference: Two of HC Mountfield's most recent games were 4-1 losses--on Oct. 19 and 21--but Ference doesn't appear to have been in the lineup for Mountfield's 3-0 shutout loss on Oct. 24. Here's hoping he isn't injured too because noticing his name missing from the lineup was how I first learned that Bergeron was hurt. Ference's Twitter has been quiet for the past few days. Here's hoping he's OK.
Anton Khudobin: Atlant Moscow Oblast hasn't had a very good time of it in the month of October. Their last win was at the beginning of the month and one of their most recent losses is probably more famous for also being that game where Alexander Ovechkin broke a pane of glass with the back of his head. Up against Metallurg Magnitogorsk featuring Evgeni Malkin on Oct. 17, Khudobin was in net for a 3-1 loss. Oct. 20 was the glass-shattering game, but it was also a 4-1 Atlant loss with Khudobin on the record. Finally, on Oct. 22 against SKA St. Petersburg featuring Ilya Kovalchuk and Vladimir Tarasenko, Atlant and Khudobin lost 3-2.
David Krejci: Krejci has made some big contributions to HC Pardubice's recently built up three-game win streak. He had an assist in the team's Oct. 19 victory, put up a goal on Oct. 21 to help get a narrow 5-4 win and assisted once more on Oct. 23. Now the defending Czech champs are starting to look more like it. They're in sixth place and this win streak is their longest of the season yet.
Rich Peverley: JYP Jyvaskyla lost both of their most recent games on Oct. 18 and 23. They were shut out 1-0 by Jokerit on the 23rd, but in a 3-2 loss on the 18th, Peverley assisted on both goals for the home team. Even with those two most recent losses, though, JYP is still sitting on top of the SM-liiga. However, the gap between first and second has definitely narrowed.
Tuukka Rask: A win for HC Plzen on Oct. 19 with Rask in net was enough to get Plzen into first place in the Tipsport Extraliga. Rask and Plzen piled on another win on Oct. 21 to expand their lead. But then on Oct. 23, something not so great happened--he left the game after the first period with a groin injury. In the end, Plzen lost 3-2 in a shootout. But, the very next day, Rask assured worried fans that it wasn't a bad injury and he was resting mainly as a precaution. Here's hoping he'll be ready to roll on Oct. 26.
Tyler Seguin: Seguin earned some accolades over the past week with EHC Biel. In Biel's Oct. 19 win over SC Bern, he put up an assist and then a goal of his own less than a minute later, which led him to be named the player of the game. Then, though Biel didn't win their Oct. 20 meeting with HC Lugano, Seguin put up a goal and two assists. He followed that three-point night by having yet another three-pointer on Oct. 23, where he scored a hat trick as Biel won 5-4 in a shootout. (Check out the special uniform and helmet with fire on it given to the team's top scorer!)
Dennis Seidenberg: Adler Mannheim wasn't able to beat Kolner Haie on Oct. 19, but they rebounded for a 4-2 win over Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg (yes, that is the team's name) two days later in which both Seidenberg brothers got a point. So, Adler is still second to Kolner in the standings and there is definitely some space between first and second.
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Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who is settling in for what might be a long, hard labor battle in the NHL, so these European games help to an extent.
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