As the second Boston Bruins game of the season was not played due to cancellation on Oct. 13, the Bruins who are in Europe playing and waiting out the NHL lockout were busy playing a full slate of games.
Patrice Bergeron: Bergeron continued his points streak with HC Lugano when he scored two goals during the team’s Oct. 13 game against HC Fribourg-Gotteron. However, that wasn’t enough to put together a win and Lugano fell 5-4 in overtime. That loss was still enough to put Lugano in fourth place in the National League.
Lugano now has a few days to regroup before their next game on Oct. 19, when they travel to Zurich to meet the ZSC Lions. The Lions are in fifth place in the league.
Zdeno Chara: Coming off HC Lev Praha’s narrow loss to Dynamo Moscow that was shown on ESPN platforms, Chara and Lev bounced back when they faced Ak Bars Kazan on Oct. 13. Chara scored the first goal of the game and Lev then put together a 4-2 win.
Lev’s Oct. 15 game versus Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, which currently features first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov on the roster, has already finished. In a very close game, the two teams had to take it to a shootout to get a decision, but it went for Neftekhimik, 3-2. Chara did provide an assist, helping fellow Slovaks Juraj Mikus and Marcel Hossa to get a goal.
Lev continues a road trip by traveling to play Salavat Yulayev Ufa on Oct. 17.
Andrew Ference: The luck that Ference apparently brought HC Mountfield on Oct. 12 continued to work on Oct. 14 during the team’s game with HC Energie Karlovy Vary. After Mountfield tallied up a three-goal lead, Energie bounced back to tie it up in the third. But with less than a minute left to play, Ference provided an assist on a goal to untie the game and another one beat the buzzer for a 5-3 win.
Mountfield may be hoping that Ference’s presence continues to bring good luck when the team plays HC Slavia Praha on Oct. 19. Winning that game would mean Mountfield’s second three-game winning streak of the season, putting an earlier five-game losing streak behind them. The team sits in 11th place, but Slavia is in sixth.
Anton Khudobin: The Kostitsyn brothers strike again–Sergei scored the game-winning goal against HC Atlant Moscow Oblast on Oct. 10 while Andrei opened the scoring in Oct. 13’s game between Atlant and Traktor Chelyabinsk. Khudobin got the night off, though, as Atlant lost 4-2. Atlant’s game with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg on Oct. 15 has already ended as of this writing: Khudobin was in for a narrow 1-0 loss, the only goal coming in the third period.
Next for Atlant is a trip to Magnitogorsk to take on Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Oct. 17. Metallurg features NHL players Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and Mats Zuccarello Aasen on the lineup. Metallurg sits at sixth in the KHL while Atlant is in 12th.
David Krejci: Though Krejci scored a goal, his contribution wasn’t enough to keep HC Pardubice from losing 3-2 to HC Sparta Praha–which has NHL goalie Michal Neuvirth on the roster–on Oct. 14. The 10th-place Pardubice will stay on the road to meet fifth-place PSG Zlin on Oct. 19.
Rich Peverley: JYP Jyvaskyla kept a budding win streak alive on Oct. 13 with a 5-4 overtime win against Ilves Tampere to end a home-and-home series. Peverley assisted on two goals: the second of the night, plus a power play goal in overtime to end the night.
With this win, JYP remains atop the SM-liiga. Their next opponent, the Espoo Blues on Oct. 16, are ranked second–but JYP has a six-point lead in the standings.
Tuukka Rask: Rask’s performance in net for HC Plzen was praised by assistant coach Michal Straka after the team beat PSG Zlin by a 4-1 score on Oct. 14. With this win, Plzen has taken over second place in the Tipsport Extraliga, right behind HC Ocelari Trinec. Interestingly, that is the next opponent for Plzen–the two top teams will meet on Oct. 19 as Plzen hosts Ocelari.
Dennis Seidenberg: Seidenberg put up his first point since joining Adler Mannheim when he assisted on an early goal during Adler’s game with the Hannover Scorpions on Oct. 14. He also had a +3 rating as Adler beat Hannover 4-3 in a shootout. Now holding 22 points in the standings, Adler–like Plzen–will meet the top-ranked team next. Adler will travel to play Kolner Haie on Oct. 19.
Tyler Seguin: Seguin’s contributions to EHC Biel in their Oct. 14 game against the ZSC Lions were not good ones. He took a penalty and had a -2 rating as Biel lost 4-1. The seventh-place Biel now has a few days between their next game, which will be against sixth-place SC Bern on Oct. 19. Meanwhile, Seguin has moved into a new apartment in the Biel area.