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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 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’ 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 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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Julien: Ference ‘hopefully back soon’ 02.06.10 at 1:22 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien knows a little experience could go a long way to restoring some order his blue line.

On Saturday, Andrew Ference, who’s been out since Jan. 5 with a groin injury, skated with the team in warmups prior to the tilt with Vancouver. He was scratched and missed his 14th straight game.

“He’s coming along and I think he’s getting better and hopefully we’ll see him back soon,” Julien said “There’s no doubt, I think there’s some experience missing back there and when you don’t have that, to me, a defenseman is like a quarterback on a football team. If you get guys moving the puck well, your offense benefits from it as well.”

The Bruins have lost Ference and fellow veteran defenseman Mark Stuart with a broken pinkie finger. That doesn’t include Zdeno Chara, who is playing with a bad pinkie himself that will likely require surgery after the season.

With the two blueliners out and Chara hurting, the Bruins have had to rely more heavily on second-year defenseman Matt Hunwick and rookie D-men Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk.

“We’ve got Hunwick, who’s in his second year, and then we’ve got two guys who are in their first year, so we’re lacking a little bit of experience back there, there’s no doubt,” Julien added. “But that’s not to take away anything from the guys who are in their first year. They’ve done a great job for us.”

So what the Bruins didn’t need was another injury to a defenseman – and a scary one at that. A bloodied Boychuk took a shot to the left side of his face from Mikael Samuelsson midway through the first and had to be helped off the ice by Blake Wheeler and Chara.

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Rask: ‘Don’t know to cry or laugh’ 02.04.10 at 11:47 pm ET
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Perhaps it was complete frustration of it all that inspired Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to sum up the current state of affairs for the Bruins after firing 47 shots on net and scoring twice in a 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal, extending their futility streak to nine games.

“I don’t know to cry or laugh here because I think we pretty much dominated the whole game,” Rask said of his teammates who outshot Montreal, 47-25.

“Good chances and their goalie plays an unbelievable game. Going into shootout, I wanted to win so bad, make that save.”

Neither team seemed destined to score after two scoreless rounds to open the shootout. But then Brian Gionta beat Rask up top with a backhander. And when Marc Savard failed on his attempt, the ninth straight ‘L’ was in the books.

“Their guy happened to beat me there and we took the loss,” Rask said. “At least we get a point so it’s something.”

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Recchi: Claude’s not going anywhere at 11:26 pm ET
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Even in good times, Mark Recchi has been around long enough to know that no hockey coach has security – let alone when you’ve lost nine straight and are falling out of the playoff picture.

Still, the veteran Bruins forward doesn’t think Claude Julien is going anywhere and he made that clear following Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal at TD Garden.

Recchi pointed to the Carolina Hurricanes that got hot at the end of last season, a team that eliminated the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs in seven games.

He also used last year’s Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins as an example, noting they went on a tear after they let their coach go. But he quickly realized what he said and clarified himself.

“Claude ain’t going anywhere,” Recchi said. “He’s a great coach. But it’s there and we’re right there and if we keep playing like this, then that could happen. We could get on a big run.”

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