Monday, March 1, 2010
Marco Sturm, David Krejci rejoin B's
By Matt Kalman
BOSTON -- New Hampshire proved the perfect spot for Bruins winger Marco Sturm to unwind and recharge with his family over the weekend in the aftermath of his experience with Team Germany at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
After returning to practice with his teammates Monday at TD Garden, Sturm even admitted to turning his phone off the whole time he was away. Now the Bruins can only hope that he can find that next gear as they make their playoff push over the regular season's final 22 games.
"Hopefully, [I feel] good," said Sturm. "I had three days off here and so I've got to recharge here because it's a big stretch coming up for us. I'm very excited about it and I need every energy I've got."
Center David Krejci, who starred for the Czech Republic before its quarterfinal loss to Finland, also re-joined the Bruins for practice for the first time since the Games.
"This is exciting, this time of the year. Not just because of the Olympics but this time of the year, March, April, that's when you're going for the playoffs, and every game counts," said the center. "I like to play these games and I'm looking forward to it. And hopefully we're going to get into the playoffs."
Germany wasn't expected to do much at the Olympics so its winless performance wasn't too surprising to Sturm. He still soaked in the entire experience, knowing that even if NHL players compete in the 2014 Games, he'll probably be too old to join the team. Even in defeat, he collected memories for a lifetime.
"[The highlight] must be the game against Canada, for us, because the crowd was unbelievable, all red and loud. And it was just like a playoff game, but it was just great," said Sturm about his team's qualification-round defeat.
On the other hand, Krejci and his Czech teammates had aspirations to match the success of the 1998 Czech Republic team that left Nagano, Japan with the gold medal. Instead, the Czechs left empty-handed.
"It was awesome. It was really something you'll never forget, that's for sure," said Krejci, who admitted he didn't even watch the U.S.-Canada gold medal game. "It's too bad we couldn't get a medal; that's why we went there, and we didn't get it. So it's kind of disappointing.
"It's tough. It's something I dreamed about and I didn't win a medal. It hurts every time I heard about the Olympics."
Other Olympians are returning as well. Defenseman Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), center Patrice Bergeron (Canada) and goaltender Tim Thomas (United States) are expected to rejoin the Bruins on Tuesday for the team's morning skate in preparation for that night's game against Montreal at TD Garden.
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.