None of the European teams hosting Boston Bruins during the continuing NHL lockout played on American Thanksgiving, but there were games on Nov. 21 and 23, including two separate instances of two Bruins playing against one another. Here’s what happened on those two days:
Zdeno Chara: For the first time in a long time, HC Lev Praha was able to string together two wins in a row, though Chara was off the scoresheet for both of them. On Nov. 21, Lev won 4-2 over Atlant Moscow Oblast, then followed up with a 7-3 win over Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Nov. 23. In eighth place in the Western Conference now, Lev has climbed back into the playoff picture and has a chance to make it three wins in a row on Nov. 28 against HK Sibir Novosibirsk.
Andrew Ference: Ference and HC Mountfield lost their two most recent games, one by a close one and one not so much. On Nov. 21, Mountfield met HC Plzen and took a 3-2 shootout loss. Two days later, Mountfield lost 6-3 to PSG Zlin. Now in 11th place, Mountfield will take on 13th-place HC Energie Karlovy Vary on Nov. 25.
Anton Khudobin: Khudobin was in net for two periods of the Nov. 21 game between Atlant and Lev, which resulted in a 4-2 loss. He then minded the net for the entire game on Nov. 23 against Slovan Bratislava, though Atlant lost 3-2. The team is now in last place in the Western Conference and their next game is on Nov. 26 against Dynamo Moscow.
David Krejci: Krejci scored one of the three goals needed for HC Pardubice to win 3-2 on Nov. 23 against HC Kometa Brno, marking his third game in a row where he had at least a point on the scoresheet. Eighth-place Pardubice will take on HC Sparta Praha on Nov. 25.
Tuukka Rask: Rask played his final two games with HC Plzen before his return to Boston. First, he faced Ference and HC Mountfield on Nov. 21 and Plzen won 3-2 in a shootout. Then, in his last game with Plzen on Nov. 23, the team lost 4-3 to Rytiri Kladno. The postgame write-up, translated by a Czech-speaking friend, says that the crowd was very appreciative of Rask and referred to him as objectively the best goalie in the entire Czech league. He leaves Plzen with the team in first place at 47 points.
Tyler Seguin: After one game in which he made no offensive contributions for EHC Biel, Seguin got back on the wagon, putting together a hat trick in Biel’s 4-2 win over SC Bern on Nov. 23. This is his third three-goal game since coming to Switzerland, following two other hat tricks on Nov. 2 and Oct. 23. (If only he were scoring all these hat tricks for the Bruins!) Seventh-place Biel faces Bern again on Nov. 24.
Dennis Seidenberg: Seidenberg did not appear on the scoresheet for Adler Mannheim during their 5-2 loss to Kolner Haie on Nov. 23. Though they lost, Adler does retain its lead in the German league going into their Nov. 25 game against Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg.