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Bruins in the Olympics: Tuukka Rask great for most of game, but gives up two soft goals in loss to Canada

02.16.14 at 2:42 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask played very well for most of Sunday’s game against Canada, stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced. Unfortunately, the two goals he gave up came on shots he should’ve stopped. With 6:16 left in the first period, Drew Doughty beat him clean on a wrist shot from the left circle. Then with 2:28 left in overtime, Doughty beat him again. There was traffic heading toward the net, but Rask got a look at the shot and just didn’t get his left pad flat on the ice.

Canada took the group with the win, but Finland still earned a bye into the quarterfinals by virtue of having more points than any other second-place team. The difference is the Finns will most likely get Russia in the quarterfinals (assuming Russia gets past Norway), while Canada will face the winner of Switzerland-Latvia.

Patrice Bergeron played on a line with Sidney Crosby and Jamie Benn on Sunday, but the trio generated just two shots on goal (one from Bergeron, one from Crosby). Bruins fans suffered a bit of a scare early in the first when Bergeron took a Shea Weber slap shot to the midsection and left the ice doubled over. Fortunately, he didn’t miss a shift.

Earlier in the day, Zdeno Chara and Slovakia played Russia to a 0-0 tie through 65 minutes, but Russia took the extra point in the shootout. Chara led all players in ice time at 27:39. He also registered one shot on goal and took an interference penalty. The Slovaks finished group play without a win and will be the 10-seed in the qualification round, where they’ll take on David Krejci and the Czech Republic for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.

The United States — bumped up to the second seed because Canada and Finland went to overtime — will get the winner of that Czech Republic-Slovakia game. If the U.S. and Canada both advance, they would meet in the semifinals in a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game.

Here is the full bracket for the quarterfinals:

1. Sweden vs. 8. Slovenia/9. Austria

2. USA vs. 7. Czech Republic/10. Slovakia

3. Canada vs. 6. Switzerland/11. Latvia

4. Finland vs. 5. Russia/12. Norway

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Bruins in the Olympics: Loui Eriksson, Sweden improve to 3-0; Zdeno Chara gets assist in Slovakia loss

02.15.14 at 2:43 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson and Sweden finished group play undefeated after beating Latvia, 5-3, on Saturday. Eriksson did not record a point, but he did rank third among Swedish forwards with 18:20 time on ice. The Swedes had already clinched a bye into the quarterfinals before Saturday, and they’re now locked into one of the top two seeds, as the winner of Sunday’s Canada-Finland game is the only other team that could match their nine points (the United States got two points rather than three for its shootout win over Russia on Saturday, so its ceiling is eight points).

In other Group C action, David Krejci and the Czech Republic got shut out, 1-0, by Switzerland. Krejci was a minus-1 and was third among Czech forwards with 19:23 time on ice. He made a nice play to set up Marek Zidlicky for a potential game-tying goal in the final minute, but Zidlicky sent the shot wide. The Czechs finished third in the group with one win and two losses.

In the first game of the day, Zdeno Chara and Slovakia suffered a major upset at the hands of Slovenia, which picked up its first-ever Olympic victory. Chara assisted on Slovakia’s lone goal in the 3-1 defeat and finished with a minus-1 rating while playing 24:06. The Slovaks will try to avoid going winless in group play when they face Russia at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Even if they lose, they’ll have at least one more game, as all 12 teams in Sochi advance to the qualification round.

Patrice Bergeron and Canada close out group play against Finland on Sunday at noon ET, with the winner taking Group B and earning a bye to the quarterfinals. Finland has not yet announced who it will start in goal. Tuukka Rask picked up the win in the Finns’ first game, but he also allowed four goals on 20 shots. Kari Lehtonen started the second game and stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced.

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Bruins in the Olympics: Tuukka Rask sits as Finland wins, David Krejci picks up assist for Czech Republic

02.14.14 at 9:26 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask sat out Finland’s 6-1 win over Norway Friday as Kari Lehtonen got the start and Antti Niemi served as the backup. Lehtonen put forth a pretty strong case to remain Finland’s starter a day after Rask allowed four goals to Austria, as Lehtonen made 20 saves on 21 shots and even had a pair of assists.

That isn’t to say a Bruin didn’t play goal in that game, as Bruins 2011 sixth-round pick Lars Volden played in relief of Lars Haugen for Norway. Volden made 23 saves on 26 shots faced. With the victory, Finland is now 2-0 and leading Group B thanks to a plus-9 goal differential.

Sitting just behind Finland is Canada, which shut out Austria with a 6-0 victory Friday. Patrice Bergeron, who had two points in Canada’s opening game against Norway, went without a point against Austria.

The Czech Republic evened its record to 1-1 with a 4-2 win over Latvia. David Krejci contributed an assist in the win, while former Bruin Jaromir Jagr contributed his second goal of the tournament.

Loui Eriksson and Sweden enjoyed a 1-0 win over Switzerland and now lead Group C with a 2-0 record.

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Olympic hockey officiating ‘will start to get better’

02.14.14 at 12:41 pm ET
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Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the refereeing in the Olympics and the U.S. men’€™s and women’€™s hockey teams. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

During the U.S. men’€™s hockey team’€™s game on Thursday, referees missed on offsides call that led to a goal by Slovakia. Officials also missed calls during the women’€™s game against Canada.

“I think it will start to get better,” McGuire said. ‘€œI’€™m not that concerned. … I think the biggest thing is the caliber of play. The caliber of play in this tournament, to date anyways, both on the women’€™s side and the men’€™s side, it has been phenomenal. It’€™s just been awesome and I do think the officiating will sort itself out.”

The play on the women’s side may be part of the reason why the teams have had trouble with officiating.

“I mean this with all due respect to all the officials in the world, men or women — I really think when Canada and the United States women play, it’€™s so fast, it’€™s so frenetic, it’€™s so physical,” McGuire said. “There are not a lot of women in the world that are prepared to referee at that level, because I’€™m telling you the referee that worked the other day, she was more in the play than away from the play, and it became pretty hazardous.”

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Bruins in the Olympics: Patrice Bergeron leads Canada past Norway; Tuukka Rask allows four goals in win

02.13.14 at 2:59 pm ET
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Team Canada struggled to get on the board against a far inferior Norway team Thursday, but Patrice Bergeron helped lead his country to victory with a pair of assists in a 3-1 Canada win in its first game of the 2014 Olympics.

Bergeron had the secondary helper on a Shea Weber goal 6:20 into the second period to break the scoreless tie, and he fed Jamie Benn with a beauty of a pass to help make it 2-0. He finished with two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.

Two other Bruins were in action Thursday, and they had mixed results. Tuukka Rask allowed two goals in the first 10 minutes of Finland’s game against Austria, but hung in there to make 16 saves on 20 shots in an 8-4 Finland victory.

It wasn’t as positive for Zdeno Chara, whose Slovakia team suffered a 7-1 loss to Team USA. Amazingly enough, Chara had an even rating in the game.

David Krejci and the Czech Republic will take on Latvia Friday after suffering a 4-2 loss to Sweden Wednesday. Loui Eriksson and Sweden will play Switzerland, while Canada will face Austria and Norway will take on Finland.

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Poll: If the Bruins were an Olympic team, where would they finish?

02.13.14 at 12:35 pm ET
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Let’s take a trip to the land of hypotheticals for this poll question. Assume players can be duplicated, so the Bruins and Finland would both have Tuukka Rask, for example.

If the Bruins were an Olympic team, where would they finish?

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Bruins in the Olympics: Loui Eriksson, Sweden defeat David Krejci, Czech Republic; Tuukka Rask expected to start for Finland

02.12.14 at 3:56 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

Wednesday marked the start of men’s hockey in the Sochi Olympics, and Loui Eriksson kicked things off by celebrating a win over Bruins teammate David Krejci as Sweden jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on to beat the Czech Republic, 4-2, Wednesday in the preliminary round.

Eriksson didn’t have a point and finished with a minus-1 rating, though he provided a screen on a second period goal by Erik Karlsson. The Senators blueliner had a pair of goals for Sweden.

Krejci went without a point or a shot on goal with an even rating, though former Bruin Jaromir Jagr had a goal for the Czech Republic.

In the other men’s game Wednesday, Switzerland topped Latvia, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Simon Moser with 7.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Former Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins tied for the Latvia team lead with four shots on goal.

Thursday will be a bit more action-packed for local fans, as Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for Finland vs. Austria, according to the Bruins. Team USA will take on Zdeno Chara and Slovakia, while Claude Julien and Patrice Bergeron‘s Canada squad will face Norway.

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