Caron's hat trick leads active group of Bruins

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Caron's hat trick leads active group of Bruins

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.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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