BOSTON -- While both Zdeno Chara and David Krejci lost to Team USA hockey by a wide margin in the Sochi Winter Olympics, neither player was surprised that the Americans fell out of medal contention.
Team USA caught Chara and Slovakia in the opening game of the tournament and put up seven goals against a slow, undermanned team. Then the Americans eliminated Krejci and the Czechs by a 5-2 score in the quarter-finals of the playoff round.
Krejci saw firsthand how good Team USA was while watching buddies Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler star for the Red, White and Blue, but the B’s playmaking center also witnessed how good the other teams were in the tournament.
“The game against us was a little weird. They got three goals from behind the net,” said Krejci. “I couldn’t really tell how great they were playing, or bad they were. We really didn’t push them to the limit.
“I know they had a good team, but I’m not surprised they didn’t win a medal. Canada, Sweden and Finland all had great teams.”
Chara and the Slovaks were one of the first teams eliminated from the tourney, but he was well aware of Team USA getting shut down without a goal in their final two games against Canada and Finland.
“I watched the rest of the Games, and saw how they came out. I’m very happy for Patrice [Bergeron] and Claude [Julien],” said Chara. “It was our first game, and for sure it was far from our best performance. They were very deep, and at that point in the tournament they looked like the best team in the tournament.
“I don’t think anybody expected them to finish without a medal. They played really good, strong hockey.”
Team USA certainly played “really good, strong hockey” in the preliminary rounds when Chara was up close and personal with the Americans, but how they played in the playoff round is debatable at this point.