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Bergeron Finds Olympic Form

Patrice Bergeron is settling into his place on the Canadian Olympic roster.

Wednesday, 02.17.2010 / 8:53 AM ET / Vancouver 2010
By Samantha Wood  - BostonBruins.com
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Bergeron Finds Olympic Form
Patrice Bergeron of Canada skates with the puck against Mads Hansen of Norway during the men's preliminary game between Canada and Norway on day 5 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 16, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As the Canadian team relaxes after their first game and first comfortable win at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Patrice Bergeron is also settling into his form, both on and off the ice.

The Boston Bruins forward turned Team Canada playmaker helped Canada to a decisive 8-0 victory over Norway last night.

Skating alongside powerhouses Rick Nash and Sidney Crosby at the start of Tuesday's game, Bergeron registered one assist (to Mike Richards in the second period, which extended the Canadian lead to 3-0).

Jarome Iginla had a hat trick to end the game, and Dany Heatley scored two goals. Also scoring for Canada was Richards, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Bergeron said he is spending his first Olympics preparing to help out with whatever his team needs and trying not to be too in awe of the star-studded roster.

“You’re pretty much saying, ‘Wow, I’m playing with these guys,’” he said. “Playing with Sid [Crosby] was awesome and a lot of fun.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes or role they’re going to give me on this team.”

The 24-year-old Quebec City native is also enjoying his time off the ice with the other athletes. With his roommates Crosby, Getzlaf, Dan Boyle and Shea Weber, Bergeron has met and gotten to know many of his fellow Canadian Olympians.

“It’s pretty sick with the Olympic Village, all the athletes are together,” Bergeron said. “It’s such a great experience for me and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment and get the chance to meet a lot of Canadian athletes.

“We were all playing ping-pong with the speed skaters so it was pretty cool.”

Despite all the fun and ping-pong, Bergeron said he knows his priority is giving his best as he represents his country. His Canadian squad is scheduled to face Switzerland tomorrow.

With Canada wielding their home-ice advantage, the forward said he can’t wait to hear the notoriously devoted fans again as he takes the ice and takes in the experience.

Bergeron said, “I think it’s when I stepped on the ice in warm-ups, obviously hearing the crowd and also when you’re here at the Olympic games, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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