It will be back to business as usual for the Bruins on Thursday as they officially end their Olympic break by convening practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.
The Bruins coaching staff will run the practice without Claude Julien or Peter Chiarelli as both members of the Boston decision-making group are still with Team Canada in Sochi. Also, none of the Olympic participants are expected to be a part of the practice session.
David Krejci and Zdeno Chara will be on a 10:30 a.m. flight from Sochi to Newark, with all other NHL players that have been eliminated from the Olympic tournament. Chara finished with an assist and a minus-1 rating while actually finishing second behind Andrej Sekera in ice time on Team Slovakia with a total of 23:31 in those four games. Krejci finished with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) along with a minus-2 rating in four games as the second line center for Team Czech Republic.
Krejci’s Czech team eliminated Slovakia on Tuesday, and Team USA ended Krejci’s Olympic experience with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Loui Eriksson (Sweden) and Tuukka Rask (Finland) play on in Sochi while filling key roles for their home country’s Olympic rosters among the four semifinalists for medals.
Otherwise, all Bruins players should be expected to be at practice on Thursday. They will start winding things up for their next date, a Feb. 26 game on the road against the Buffalo Sabres.