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Medalists Show their Mettle

by Samantha Wood / Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) blocks a shot by New York Islanders' Blake Comeau (57) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Boston, MA – Yesterday on Long Island, all seven of the Bruins Olympians were on the ice for the first time since their two-week stay in Vancouver.

After tweaking his groin and missing the last two games, Patrice Bergeron was well enough to play almost 19 minutes and register one assist in the 3-2 win over the Islanders.

“I felt fine, no I felt pretty good actually,” the centerman said. “There were only five days I took without playing and I kept practicing before coming here, but I felt pretty good.”

His assist was an impressive pass to Marc Savard whose backhand shot sneaked the puck past an unsuspecting Dwayne Roloson. It would prove to be the game-winning goal. Bergeron was humble though, saying that it was more luck than planning.

“Can’t teach that,” he said with a laugh, adding, “I’ll take it obviously, but it was a lucky bounce.”

“There was a long stretch without those [lucky bounces] obviously, so we’ll take it. That’s not the way you try to on the board, but the setup was pretty good actually to take the shot.”

The gold medalist came back in a big way, much like his Team USA goaltender Tim Thomas.

The veteran notched two wins in three days, making a total of 64 saves over the two games. All this despite seeing only about 12 minutes of playing time in a month, Thomas was better than ever.

With little time to enjoy his success, Thomas is now preparing to face the pesky Pittsburgh Penguins only 24 hours later. But that’s how he’d prefer it, he said.

“We’ve got a lot of games. I was happy to get the win against Toronto, but I was just as happy to get the win tonight,” he said. “We need to put as many points in the bank as we can to be in the position that we want to be in at the end of the season.

“I’m not thinking much past that.”

And despite their return to big, bad Bruins hockey, Thomas said his squad is still looking to continue improving any way they can.

“We won two in a row, which is a great thing. There are areas where we can be better,” he said. “At this point in the year, we need as many wins as we can get so we’re not going to give up the wins at all.

“At the same time, it’ll be a work in progress and we’ll be trying to get better in any area we can. We’ve got Pittsburgh tomorrow where I need to try to get two points to add to the total.”
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