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Bruins players return from Olympics with the hardware

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BOSTON (WHDH) - The Olympics are over and after a two and a half week break the NHL season resumes Wednesday for the Bruins.

Several Bruins players competed in the international tournament, including Patrice Bergeron who was on the gold medal team with coach Claude Julien.

“I enjoyed the experience and it was a once in a lifetime kind of thing that you wish everybody could experience at least once,” Julien said.

This was Bergeron’s second times being on the gold medal team.

“He’s one of our best centers and I’m not afraid to say that. He was playing so well ended up moving up on the [Sidney] Crosby line.

Other Bruins noticed Bergeron during the games too.

“He definitely stepped it up on the international stage and I think everyone got an appreciation for how good of a guy, how good of a player he is,” Shawn Thornton said.

Team Sweden may have settled for silver but bruins forward Loui Eriksson was as good as gold in the tournament

“Loui was also one of their best player. He played on the top line. I’m looking forward to seeing him in our lineup if he picks up where he left off over there,” Julien said.

Finland took home the gold and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask helped keep other teams from scoring.

“He’s really played well and he’s good on the big stage as well. Our players represented us really well and I’m really proud of him,” Julien said.

Bergeron and Eriksson will be playing Wednesday night when the Buffalo Sabres host the Bruins, Rask will get an extra day of rest.
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