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Bruins in the Olympics: Chara, Rask struggle; Bergeron shines Thursday

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  February 13, 2014 02:01 PM

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Three of the five Boston Bruins players competing in the Sochi Games began their Olympic journeys Thursday.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who is serving as captain of Slovakia in his third Olympics, suffered a 7-1 loss to the US team Thursday. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his Olympic debut for the US, but the story was the lack of defense from a team anchored by the big Bruin. Slovakia's next game is Saturday vs. Slovenia at 3 a.m. Boston time.

The result was better for goalie Tuukka Rask's Finnish team, though Rask himself was not on top of his game, giving up four goals on 20 shots in Finland's 8-4 win over Austria. Austria had two early leads in the game before taking control.

"The first goal, everybody was caught sleeping there," Rask said. "After that second goal, everybody kind of woke up and got back to playing again."

Finland plays Canada at noon on Sunday.

Speaking of Canada, Patrice Bergeron's team wasn't dominant but had no trouble dispatching Norway, 3-1. Bergeron, who was paired on a line with John Tavares and Jamie Benn and played on the wing, had two assists in 10:59 of ice time. He'll face Rask's team Sunday.

"I'm just happy to be here and chip in whichever way I can," Bergeron told NBC. "Whether it's the right side or the left side, it doesn't matter to me."

Center David Krejci and the Czech Republic lost to Sweden on Wednesday in their first game of the tournament and they play again Friday at 3 a.m. vs. Latvia.

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