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.

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.