Bergeron, Seguin win gold in Spengler Cup

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Bergeron, Seguin win gold in Spengler Cup

Both Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron ended their European experience with a bang.

The two Bruins forwards were part of a talented Team Canada bunch that donned Maple Leaf jerseys and took down HC Davos by a 7-2 score to capture the Spengler Cup on Sunday night. It was the first Spengler Cup title for Canada since 2007 but its 12th since they started playing in the tournament in 1984, and is arguably the most talented team thats ever represented them in the storied European tournament.

Team Canada was led by a pair of goals from Ryan Smyth and John Tavares, but the leading scorers name from the title game had a familiar ring to it.

Bergeron finished with a goal and three assists in the overwhelming victory for Team Canada. The Bruins center has now won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold, a World Junior championship and a Spengler Cup on his hockey resume. Bergerons rebound goal just 46 seconds into the proceedings set the tone for the rest of his squad, and helped pace Canada to the big victory.

Given his never-ending work ethic and team-oriented persona, its no wonder why overwhelming team success has followed Bergeron everywhere hes gone.

"You never win with one or two guys," said Bergeron to reporters following the victory. "Everyone chipped in and played a part."

Its even impressing his own teammates as Milan Lucic tweeted this on Monday morning:

I'm sure Bergeron is only player with spengler cup world jr gold Olympic gold and a Stanley cup. impressive champion

Milan Lucic (@MilanLucic4) December 31, 2012

Once again the Bs center shared it with his Boston linemate as Seguin tweeted out a picture of the Black and Gold duo celebrating following their victory in Switzerland. Theyre also now both preparing for the long journey back to Boston after spending New Years Eve in Europe, and will both prepare for some kind of resolution to the NHL lockout thats pushed on for four months.

Both Bergeron (29 points in 21 games) and Seguin (40 points in 29 games) experienced great success in the Swiss A League and should be in midseason form if the NHL season begins in the next 2-3 weeks.

Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

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Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.

The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.

The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.

Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.

Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening. 

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