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Garden to show off Olympic wares

03.02.10 at 2:08 pm ET
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The Bruins will show off Patrice Bergeron’s Olympic gold medal and Team Canada jersey as well as Tim Thomas‘ Olympic silver medal and Team USA jersey to fans at TD Garden during tonight’s return game against the Canadiens.

At 6:40 p.m., Bergeron will bring the medals and jerseys to the Patrice’s Pals Suite (Suite 530) for children currently being treated at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

The children from Spaulding will be Bergeron’s Patrice’s Pals VIP guests for the game tonight. “Patrice’€™s Pals” is a program that Bergeron started in 2006, which gives sick and underprivileged children the opportunity to watch Bruins games from Bergeron’€™s private suite and meet with him after the game.

At 6:50 p.m., Bergeron will bring medals and jerseys to the Partners Room (Level 6) for a TD Garden Premium Club event, where they will remain through the first intermission.

Throughout the second intermission, all Bruins fans in attendance will have the chance to see the medals at the Comcast Zone on the TD Garden Concourse (Level 4, Section 7).

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Thomas: My game was never really lost

03.02.10 at 1:20 pm ET
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Tim Thomas, fresh from his Olympic silver medal-winning experience in Vancouver, chimed in on Tuesday at TD Garden about those who said he’s not having the Vezina-type season he had last year with the Bruins as Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think my game was ever really lost, contrary to what a lot of the media in Boston has liked to focus on,” he said. “The numbers aren’t exactly the same as last year but not every year goes exactly the same and not every goalie wins the Vezina every year.”

Thomas, who is expected to serve as the back-up to Tuukka Rask for the Bruins tonight against the Canadiens, is 13-15-7 this season with a 2.52 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

“I feel good about where [I’m] at. I felt in a good enough spot where I could’ve helped stepped in for USA and done the job if I needed to. Ryan Miller was exceptional, I’m not saying that. I think it was the right move. I’ll just be ready when called upon here.”

Thomas also compared the crowd at Canada Place on Sunday for the Gold Medal game to those for playoff games between the Bruins and Canadiens.

“It was exciting but the emotions of the crowd went from elation when they got up 2-0, to very nervous and tense when we tied it up with 24 seconds left and then all through overtime it was pretty tense until [Sydney] Crosby got that goal and then there was elation again,” Thomas said Tuesday at the Bruins morning skate.

“We had a good portion of USA fans there, too. It was a great atmosphere but as far as just crowds go, still nothing has matched the Montreal-Boston games in the playoffs, even the Olympics.”

Thomas also chimed in about those who said he’s not having the Vezina-type season he had last year with the Bruins as Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think my game was ever really lost, contrary to what a lot of the media in Boston has liked to focus on. The numbers aren’t exactly the same as last year but not every year goes exactly the same and not every goalie wins the Vezina every year.

“I feel good about where [I’m] at. I felt in a good enough spot where I could’ve helped stepped in for USA and done the job if I needed to. Ryan Miller was exceptional, I’m not saying that. I think it was the right move. I’ll just be ready when called upon here.”

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Bergy: ‘A perfect way to end it’

03.02.10 at 12:43 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron arrived back in Boston Monday evening and had barely gotten his legs back when he addressed the media Tuesday morning at TD Garden.

The gold medal winner on Team Canada came back to rejoin his Bruins teammates but did not skate. He was nursing a sore groin that was tweaked in Canada’s 3-2 OT win on Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.

That hardly took away from the experience for Bergeron.

“It was awesome,” he beamed with a tired but very satisfied smile. “It was a great experience. It was a lot of fun and obviously winning that gold medal means even more and it was really a special moment.”

As for the medal, he was very careful to keep it in his possession as he made his way across the continent to Boston on Monday.

“It’s here right now. I wanted to show it the guys and to the trainers and all that so I brought it with me. At the airport, it was on me at all times. I didn’t want to lose it.”

For Bergeron, the experience of the last two weeks is finally starting to settle in.

“Today a little bit more. Yesterday and after the game on Sunday it was more of a surreal kind of experience and it was hard to kind of sink of everything in. Obviously, it was a great two weeks but just a perfect way to end it.

“It was unlike anything I’ve seen before. Obviously, it was amazing, as soon as we won, people in the streets went crazy. We could see on TV that everywhere across Canada was going wild. It was awesome. It was great to see all of that.”

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Bergy back but out with groin

03.02.10 at 11:51 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron arrived back in Boston and rejoined his Bruins teammates at TD Garden on Tuesday but did not take part in the pregame skate and will not play Tuesday night due to a groin injury.

Bergeron, a member of the Canadian gold medal champion squad, said he initially suffered the injury early in the Olympic hockey tournament and aggravated it in the Gold Medal game.

“I don’t think I’ll be playing tonight,” Bergeron said. “I pulled my groin in the first week of the tournament and it was fine and then the last game it kind of got a little worse. It should be fine but it’s day-to-day and tonight I don’t think I’ll be going.”

All of the other Olympians were on hand for the Bruins skate, including Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Miroslav Satan, David Krejci and Marco Sturm. Bruins coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t expect to limit their minutes because of their participation in the tournament.

The Bruins return to action tonight against Montreal at TD Garden at 7 p.m. The Bruins, with 65 points, stand in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the eight-place Canadiens.

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Krejci reacts to an eventful Olympics

03.01.10 at 3:04 pm ET
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BOSTON — Two of the Bruins’ six Olympians returned to practice Monday morning at TD Garden. David Krejci and Marco Sturm were present, while the team expects Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, and Miroslav Satan to return to practice Tuesday morning.

Krejci spoke to reporters following practice and expressed his disappointment that the Czech Republic came away empty-handed and also talked about how hard it was to watch the championship game.

“I couldn’t watch it. I just watched overtime. It’s tough. It’s something I dreamed about ‘€” an Olympic medal. It hurts every time I heard about the Olympics.”

Although Krejci came away from the Olympics disappointed, he was adamant about wanting to play in the 2014 Olympics in Russia. There have been reports that the NHL will not allow its players to participate in the next Games. Krejci made it clear that he wants to play.

“I think they should play,” he said. “I think it’s the best tournament ever. If they don’t allow us to play it’s going to be very bad for hockey, but after what they saw I’m sure they’re going to find a way for all NHL players to play.”

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Bruins prepare for final stretch

03.01.10 at 12:54 pm ET
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BOSTON — The Bruins skated at their home rink Monday morning in preparation for Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Tuesday will be the first time the Bruins play a game since Feb. 13, when they defeated the Florida PanthersTim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Miroslav Satan were missing from practice Monday morning but are expected to be at the morning skate Tuesday.

Bruins general manager Chiarelli speaks at practice

02.28.10 at 11:27 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli made an appearance at practice at Ristuccia Arena on Sunday and spoke about the trade deadline and what he expects going into the stretch run towards the playoffs. Here is the transcript from the interview.

On how much activity he expects when the roster freeze is lifted at 11:59 p.m. tonight:

It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a few deals tomorrow morning, tomorrow. My guess is that there will be the same number of deals that there always has been. We are in on a couple of deals but there has not been much traction over the course of the Olympic break, but we will see what happens next couple of days.

On how much talk there has been:

Definitely the talk has picked up. The fact that there is nothing pressing and you can’t do a deal, it is not idle chatter but it is more standard discussions. But, at the end of the day you can’t do a deal until tomorrow.

On what the Bruins are doing:

We are in on a couple of things and we will see where they go, otherwise we don’t have a lot of traction on these things.

On what the ideal pickup would be for the Bruins:

Well, obviously, you look at the statistics and it is our scoring. We want to get some type of top-nine forward that has an offensive bent to his game. There are not many out there.

On the type of deal the Bruins would probably end up with:

Yeah, it would probably be a rental. The nature of my discussions to this point, I wouldn’t necessarily name them as “hockey moves” but non-rentals. It is hard now because no one, well, one, there are only four or five teams that are sellers and two, no one amongst the buyers wants to do a significant hockey move right now because they are in a cluster and they don’t want to mix and do something significant to their team.

On trade prices:

Yeah, they are high and will remain high.

What about prices with so few sellers on the market?

It allows those sellers to enter the market at high prices and that is what has happened. That is not a surprise, that is the way that the market has been set.

On what he saw on the four-game road trip before the break:

I thought it was tremendous for the four games. Much like I saw towards the tail end of the losing streak, I saw a lot of good things. I thought we got a little sloppy at the end of the winning streak but I was impressed with the way they won four in a row. That is tough to do. I thought they pulled it together and obviously the results speak volumes in those four games. I like the way they pulled it together knowing there was a break coming. To me that speaks to the synergy of the team too.

On whether the last several games before the break changed his desire to make a move at the deadline:

Well, on its face we need some more goal scoring. But, I also know that if I don’t get it, I know that these guys are better than they are. I would demand that from them and expect it from them. What I saw in maybe the last five or six games, including that four-game winning streak, was more chances, more willingness to go to the net and do all those little things that you have to do. That is quite promising.

On the expected performance of the Olympic players, especially David Krejci:

Well, I am sure it was refreshing to David to go out and not just do well but exceptionally well. It was a change and, as a matter of fact, David has been playing well the last couple of weeks. So, it does not surprise me that he has gone out there and played well. Then I saw his games and he played very well. These guys are going, the guys that are playing yesterday and today, they are going to be tired. You know, so you are going to see that at the start, they are going to be tired.

On how hard it is to evaluate the team during the Olympic break with the thought of trades in mind:

Well, it is hard. But, we have to take a broader viewpoint. You don’t just base it on your last game. The harder thing was talking about your team, talking about your needs with other GMs knowing you can’t do anything. But everyone faces that.

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