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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.

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.

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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Andy Brickley on M&M: Bruins ‘are OK with subtracting something to go get what they feel they need’

02.12.14 at 1:41 pm ET
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Andy Brickley

Andy Brickley

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Bruins news. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Brickley said he likes what the NHL has done by involving its best players in the Olympics, bringing greater recognition around the world, but he said it might be time to try a different approach.

“€œI was in favor of the NHL players going to the Olympics when they were trying to globalize their game and sell their game and let everybody know what a great sport this can be, especially when you have the best players in the world representing their countries and what it means to them to play for their countries,” he said. “You get great hockey and it’€™s high competition and the love for the game and the love for the homeland is all on that giant stage, and that’€™s awesome.

“But I would rather see that in the World Cup. They’ve been to the Olympics, I think that they’ve done what they set out to do when they first went to the Olympics. I’m not excited about some of the stories I’ve heard coming from Russia and the situation that Sochi is. …

“That being said, when you do get the kind of competition that is expected in this Olympics and you have the greatest players playing, there’€™s nothing better. I love the Stanley cup finals, but this is about your country, and it’€™s once every four years.”

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Jarome Iginla named NHL Third Star of the Week

02.10.14 at 4:41 pm ET
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Bruins forward Jarome Iginla was named the NHL‘s Third Star of the Week ending February. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the First Star of the Week, while Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen took Second Star honors.

Iginla had multi-point games in three of his four contests over the week, picking up a goal and an assist against the Canucks and Senators, two assists against the Oilers and one assist against the Blues.

On the season, Iginla has 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 57 games played. The 36-year-old Iginla has yet to miss a game in his first season with the Bruins.

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