Chara, Bruins players in action overseas


Chara, Bruins players in action overseas

Bruins fans got a tiny little oasis in the middle of their own personal hockey desert Tuesday when ESPN 2 broadcast one of several KHL matchups scheduled to air this season. Even better, the game was between Prague and Moscow at the very same O2 Arena that housed both Premiere League games between the Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes two years ago, and Bs captain Zdeno Chara was one of the highlighted players in the marquee game for the Prague Lions.

The 6-foot-9 defenseman was wearing his customary No. 33 uniform in an odd red Prague Lev jersey, and brought his trademark physicality to what was otherwise a fairly nondescript 1-0 win for the Dynamo. Chara finished with 19:34 of ice time and fired three shots on net in only his second game with Lev, but couldnt will his club to victory in only his second game played over in Europe.

In other Black and Gold news around the European Leagues, David Krejci has a pair of goals in his last three games for HC Pardubice in the Czech League after the two sides finalized an insurance flyer to properly protect the Bs center. Tyler Seguin has a goal and three points in four games for Biel in the Swiss League, but is also living in the reality of life without linemate Patrice Bergeron and is minus-4 in those four games as well.

There are no statistics currently available for Andrew Ference or Patrice Bergeron after they left Boston for the Czech Republic and Switzerland respectively over the last week.

Dennis Seidenberg is scoreless in a pair of games for the Mannheim Eagles in Germany, and Rich Peverley has an assist and four penalty minutes in three games for JYP in Finland. Anton Khudobin is 3-3-2 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.77 goals against average in eight games for Moscow Oblast in the KHL.

There are currently nine Bruins players over in Europe staying in shape during the lockout, and more could be on the way in the next few weeks as the CBA negotiations continue to move at a slow-moving snails pace.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.