A lot of firsts in an offensive explosion for the Providence Bruins during a 4-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Center.
NHL refugee Jordan Caron collected his first career hat trick in pro hockey before the second period had ended, Chris Bourque registered his first point in a Bruins uniform with an assist and rookie Ryan Spooner collected the first of what most expect to be a plethora of goals this season in victory over the LA Kings farm team.
The P-Bruins had been 0-2 on the season, so that also marks their first win of a season in which they hope to snap a three-year streak of failing to qualify for the playoffs.
The P-Bruins will look to even their record to .500 with a win over the Springfield Falcons on Saturday, and well have live coverage from the MassMutual Center on Saturday night.
Heres a rundown of the Bs players currently skating in Europe with Tyler Seguins HC Biel club and Patrice Bergerons Lugano team set to clash this evening in Switzerland. Seguin joked a few weeks ago that he was going to do his best to take down Bergerons Lugano team even if they were considered a much better team in the Swiss League.
Seguin has 2 goals and 5 assists in 7 games thus far in the Swiss-A League and continues to skate on a line with former UNH forward Jakub Micflikier. He also tweeted a picture from the team bus during the 3 hour commute to the arena in Lugano this morning.3.5 hour drive to Lugano. Never seen views like this before wordscantdescribeforeigner twitter.comtylerseguin92 Tyler Seguin (@tylerseguin92) October 20, 2012
Bergeron has four goals and four assists in three games and has put up a plus-10 while racking up the points skating with former Bs forward Glen Metropolit. Metropolit leads HC Lugano with 17 points in 13 games this season.
Dennis Seidenberg has an assist in five games for the Mannheim Eagles while getting to play with younger brother, Yannick, who coincidentally has four points in 12 games for Mannheim.
David Krejci is a point-per-game player with Pardubice and has three goals and three assists in six games along with an even plusminus rating.
Andrew Ference has an assist and sits at a plus-2 in three games for Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Extra League, and has been regularly tweeting while touring around the Czech countryside over the last two weeks.
Rich Peverley has seven assists in eight games for JYP of the Finnish League and is still looking for the first European goal of his well-traveled career.
Zdeno Chara has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for HC Lev Prague in the KHL and is also a stunning minus-2 while acclimating himself back to the European game.
Anton Khudobin is 3-6-2 in 11 games for Moscow Oblast of the KHL with a .921 save percentage and 2.65 goals against average after serving as the first Bs player to leave Boston for the European circuit this fall.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.
*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.
*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.
*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.
*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.
*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.
*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.
BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.
Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.
Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.
Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.
“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”
Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: