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Bruins in Sochi: Preliminary Play Wraps Up

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 4:09 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
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Bruins in Sochi: Preliminary Play Wraps Up

BostonBruins.com – After 18 games in five days at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, preliminary round play has concluded, with the playoffs starting on Tuesday, February 18.

Canada’s 2-1 overtime win over Finland capped off the action on Sunday, with Patrice Bergeron’s squad defeating fellow Bruin Tuukka Rask and company in the blue and white.

After the round-robin play, Loui Eriksson and Team Sweden earned the top spot heading into the playoff rounds, with USA close behind, Canada in third place and Finland in fourth.

Those top four teams automatically get a bye to the quarterfinals, which kick off on Wednesday, February 19.

Team USA and Canada both finished with eight points right below Sweden’s nine, but goal differential is the next tie-breaker. The U.S. finished the preliminary round with a plus-11 goal differential, while Canada finished with plus-9. Finland came in at seven points, with a plus-eight goal differential.

The other two Bruins in action – Zdeno Chara and David Krejci – will be facing off in the qualification playoff round on Tuesday, February 18, as Slovakia and the Czech Republic meet in a do-or-die situation. The winner of the game will move on to the quarterfinals and face the U.S.

Here’s your run-down of the final standings and when to next catch the Bruins and all teams in action:

(record is designated as W-OTW-OTL-L and GDF refers to goal differential)

Group A

1.) USA (2-1-0-0, +11 GDF, 8 points)
2.) Russia (1-1-1-0, +3, 6 points)
3.) Slovenia (1-0-0-2, -5, 3 points)
4.) Slovakia (0-0-1-2, -9, 1 point)

Group B

1.) Canada (2-1-0-0, +9, 8 points)
2.) Finland (2-0-1-0, +8, 7 points)
3.) Austria (1-0-0-2, -8, 3 points)
4.) Norway (0-0-0-3, -9, 0 points)

Group C

1.) Sweden (3-0-0-0, +5, 9 points)
2.) Switzerland (2-0-0-1, +1, 6 points)
3.) Czech Republic (1-0-0-2, -1, 3 points)
4.) Latvia (0-0-0-3, -5, 0 points)

Qualification Playoff Round

Tuesday, February 18
Slovakia (Zdeno Chara) vs. Czech Republic (David Krejci) – time TBA

Quarterfinals (all game times TBA)

Wednesday, February 19
Sweden (Loui Eriksson) vs. Winner of Slovenia/Austria Qualification
United States vs. Winner of Slovakia (Chara)/Czech Republic (Krejci)
Canada (Patrice Bergeron) vs. Winner of Switzerland/Latvia
Finland (Tuukka Rask) vs. Winner of Russia/Norway

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
8 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 76 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 76 20 24 2 44
M. Lucic 76 18 26 15 44
C. Soderberg 77 12 30 11 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
B. Marchand 72 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 76 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 73 12 25 15 37
D. Krejci 42 7 21 6 28
D. Pastrnak 41 10 17 14 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 32 19 12 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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