- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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A few hours after the Boston Bruins defeated the Ottawa Senators in the final game before the Olympic break Saturday at TD Garden, Bruins forward Loui Eriksson and Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson stood in the hallway and discussed their plans to represent Sweden in the Winter Olympics.
The regular-season adversaries helped Sweden to a 4-2 win over the Czech Republic in the first game of the men’s ice hockey competition Wednesday in Sochi. Karlsson scored twice for the Swedes. Eriksson was a minus-1 and recorded two shots on net.
Bruins forward David Krejci did not register a point or a shot on net in the loss for the Czechs.
Prior to leaving for Sochi, Krejci said it would be tough to play against a Bruins teammate at the Olympics.
“It’s definitely a little weird,” Krejci said on Saturday. “But once you’re on the ice you play for one team and Loui is going to be playing for the other team, so that’s just the way it is.”
Thursday’s Olympic hockey slate includes Team USA against the Zdeno Chara-led Slovakian squad (7:30 a.m.), Canada (Patrice Bergeron) against Norway (noon) and Finland versus Austria (3 a.m.). Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask will start between the pipes for Finland.
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