It was a big week for Boston Bruins in Europe this past week and I am committed to keeping track of them so it is easier for fans to be aware of what's happening with their favorite players. Without further ado, here's what the Bruins did in Europe between Oct. 2 and 7, sorted alphabetically by player's last name.
Patrice Bergeron: Bergeron has yet to suit up and play for Switzerland's HC Lugano, but he did make it safely to Ticino on Oct. 5 and had his first meeting with members of the local media. He even put on a Lugano scarf--the colors aren't so different from Boston's--for the occasion. Look for Bergeron to potentially debut in Lugano's game on Oct. 9 against the SC Langnau Tigers.
Zdeno Chara: Chara's debut for the Czech Republic's HC Lev Praha on Oct. 6 was during a big game, to say the least. The popular SKA St. Petersburg club came into town, Lev was playing in a different arena than they're used to, SKA features Ilya Kovalchuk in the lineup and people were paying lots of attention. Lev didn't have the best of starts, but they did even it up to 3-3 just before the end of regulation. Right when people were hoping for overtime, though, Vladimir Tarasenko scored and got SKA the win.
Chara and Lev's next game on Oct. 9 is against Dynamo Moscow, which has Alexander Ovechkin on the roster. This is going to be an interesting game not only because it represents a captain versus captain rematch from the 2012 playoffs and because Lev and Dynamo are both high in the standings, but because it will be aired Stateside. ESPN 2 will show the game twice: first live at 1 p.m. Eastern, then a repeat at 8 p.m. Eastern. This showing is different from the other KHL games set to air on ESPN 3.
Andrew Ference: Like Bergeron, Ference has yet to play his debut with his European team, but he did make it to the Czech Republic. It looks like he's even been given a car to drive while he is there. He also disclosed the full extent of his Czech vocabulary and said that he's downloaded a translation app for his phone too.
He'll have a few days to settle in again before it's time to play because HC Mountfield doesn't play again until Oct. 12.
David Krejci: Krejci went scoreless in his HC Pardubice debut on Oct. 5, but his presence may have helped motivate the team to a 3-1 win, which was their first home win of the entire season at the time. He had more luck finding the back of the net when Pardubice hosted Bili Tygri Liberec on Oct. 7, putting up a goal that contributed to Pardubice's 6-2 win. In a rough translation of this post-game interview, Krejci said that he had luck on his side this time. He doesn't read about the team so that he doesn't psych himself out and he also gave the souvenir puck he scored with to his parents so they can keep an eye on it.
Next, Pardubice will travel to take on HC Vitkovice Steel on Oct. 9. That aforementioned 3-1 win on home ice came against Vitkovice.
Anton Khudobin: Khudobin didn't have the best week ever between the pipes for HC Atlant Moscow Oblast. He was scored on four times, but the opposing goalie kept the door tightly shut, as Atlant went down 4-0 to Severstal Cherepovets on Oct. 2. He was on the losing side of things again on Oct. 6 when Barys Astana beat Atlant 3-1. Atlant turned it around on Oct. 8, though, putting together a 4-2 win against Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk with Khudobin in net.
Perhaps Atlant can keep it going on Oct. 10 against Avangard Omsk.
Rich Peverley: Like Krejci, Peverley didn't get on the score sheet during his Oct. 2 debut with Finland's JYP Jyvaskyla, though the team did win 3-2. JYP had its biggest loss of the season on Oct. 5 when they went down 5-1--Peverley again held scoreless--but in the second half of a back-to-back, they beat Lukko Rauma 2-1 on Oct. 6 and Peverley registered the sole assist on the game-winning goal.
Tuukka Rask: Rask was in net the whole time as Kometa Brno opened the scoring, HC Plzen fought back but then Kometa took the 4-3 win in overtime on Oct. 2. However, things looked different for Plzen in their very next game because they got the overtime win, 2-1, against Pirati Chomutov on Oct. 5 with Rask in net again. He didn't dress for the 4-1 win against HC Mountfield on Oct. 7, though, due to what I gather from Google Translate as an unspecified medical reason that came up after the Pirati game.
Maybe he will feel better in time for the next game on Oct. 11 against Rytiri Kladno, the team that Jaromir Jagr owns and is currently playing for alongside former Bruin Tomas Kaberle and other NHL names.
Tyler Seguin: Seguin had his first goal with Switzerland's EHC Biel on Oct. 2, which opened the scoring that night and was half of what Biel needed to beat EV Zug--though he assisted on the other goal, too. But after that initial burst of offense, Seguin has cooled down like a mug of Swiss hot chocolate left out too long. Against Geneve-Servette HC on Oct. 5, he didn't score at all and Biel lost 4-1. When Biel faced HC Davos on Oct. 6, Seguin's contributions were limited to a two-minute penalty, though Biel did win this one 4-2.
Perhaps he'll heat up again during the game on Oct. 9 against the Kloten Flyers.
Dennis Seidenberg: Seidenberg took German ice for the first time when Adler Mannheim lost 2-1 to the Hamburg Freezers on Oct. 5. His younger brother Yannic assisted on Adler's lone goal. When the Seidenberg brothers returned to home ice, though, they helped defeat Dusseldorfer EG 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 7.
Next, Mannheim takes on the Penguins--obviously not the Pittsburgh kind, but the Krefeld kind--on Oct. 12.
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Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who might just be starting to pick up some more hockey-related vocabulary in other languages from keeping up with the Bruins.
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