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.