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Notes: Bruins return to Olympic site in Vancouver

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Notes: Bruins return to Olympic site in Vancouver

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER It was just about exactly a year ago that David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara were all in the city of Vancouver participating in whats gone down as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- hockey tournaments in Olympic history.

Zdeno Chara captained his Slovakian team to a respectable finish, David Krejci was the best player on his Czech Republic squad and Patrice Bergeron did all kinds of penalty killing and faceoff dirty work a Team Canada that memorably captured Gold with an epic win over Team USA.

The 25-year-old Bergeron couldnt hide the smile on his face when recounting the experience in Vancouver -- a winter party atmosphere that was capped off by capturing the tourney when Bergerons buddy Sidney Crosby potted the game-winner in overtime.

I think about the whole experience in and of itself. Being in the Olympic village and meeting all of the athletes, but obviously the biggest thing was getting the Gold medal, said Bergeron. Standing there in line and getting that medal was something special. Being at home in Canada you could tell the whole country was behind us, and Vancouver was crazy, you know? It was loud, there were people everywhere this city was rocking. It was fun being a part of it. The whole experience was something Ill never forget, but the icing on the cake was that Gold medal.

With the Olympic Gold medal still a memory fresh in Bergerons mind each time he comes to Vancouver, nobody would blame Bergeron if he starts thinking about Saturday nights game vs. the Canucks as a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview if things break right for both hockey clubs.

That would truly get things loud and crazy in Vancouver, wouldnt it?

The Bruins announced season ticket renewal prices for next season, and there will be price increases for many currently holding season ticket packages. While some tickets will stay exactly the same, most season ticket packages will see an increase of 1-9 for each individual ticket next season.

Season ticket holders will be able to renew their Season Tickets for the 2011-2012 NHL Season beginning on Tuesday, and an email was sent out to notify the Bs season ticket base. Its the first time in the last several seasons that many of the season ticket prices rose for a Boston season ticket base thats grown exponentially in the last five years.

This is primarily for season tickets, the information were distributing today. I think there is a different philosophy if youre just a casual fan coming to a couple of games, said Bruins Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Amy Latimer. And for that we have in place mini-plans and group sales, our family section and some other things for individuals.

For season-long season ticket holders, we still have season tickets that are under 30 dollars per game so we still think thats a very good value in our market and based on the performance of our team.

During this process, there will be a weighted average increase of 4.34 (per seat, per game) over their 2010-2011 Season Ticket Holder pricing. Some renewal prices will remain the same, while other Season Ticket Holders will see an increase in prices ranging from 1-9 (per seat, per game). A range of Season Ticket Holder renewal prices are as follows:

Loge Seat: 65-110 per game

Balcony Seat: 25-69 per game

While Milan Lucic is getting most of the press for his return to the city of Vancouver, Mark Recchi is also enjoying something of a homecoming to British Columbia. Recchi is a native of Kamloops some 3 hours away from Vancouver, and rooted for the Canucks as a youngster growing in B.C.

All three of Recchis brothers will be traveling to the game in Vancouver on Saturday night, and Recchi said hell be purchasing in excess of 20 tickets for the large grouping of the Recchi clan intending to come watch their future Hall of Famer.

Its a beautiful area and Im not far from home. Especially where its an extended stay for a few days rather than an in and out trip, this is going to be fun for me and my family, said Recchi. It was Canucks for me. But we were so busy with four boys growing up that we didnt actually get out to see games with the Canucks in Vancouver very much. It was more in the summertime that we would get down to Seattle, and see some baseball. But its still a lot of fun to come back here.

Shane Hnidy said that he did indeed have surgery on his right shoulder in September, and is attempting to come back from the rotator cuff procedure as he joins up with the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin is clearly in tune with the efforts by BlackBerry to get younger and hipper with their BBM messaging feature, and was sporting a BBMe T-shirt as he left the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins hope to keep cooking with a winning recipe

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Bruins hope to keep cooking with a winning recipe

The Bruins seemed to discover a winning formula on the West Coast. Now the challenge is to keep it going.

It took them more than a month of play in the regular season, but they finally won two games in a row. Anton Khudobin and the B's played strong defense and finally built leads against the Kings and Sharks, and they avoided the kind of soft goal or defensive mistake that has been at the heart of so many of their losses.

Clearly that kind of tight, defensive game is how they're going have to play until they get their full lineup back, and they need plenty of wins. They're currently stuck in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, three points out of a playoff spot.

"It's always nice to get a couple of wins, especially against tough teams," said David Krejci, who is scoreless but averaging almost 17 minutes of ice time  in the two games since returning from a back injury. "We knew we had some areas of our game that we had to improve, and we still do after the start to the game we had against San Jose. It's nice to get two in a row, and we're focusing on three in [New Jersey]. We're building toward something, and we're on the right track. It's a big game [against the Devils].

"Playing with a lead, playing good defensively and having a good, structured game with everybody buying in . . . when you have a young team and you're playing strong clubs like LA and San Jose, it really says a lot about what we're trying to do here when you can get the job done."

The good news is the Bruins are going to make it through the Thanksgiving marker within shouting distance of a playoff spot, but they're still just scratching the surface of what they need to do to stay relevant in the East. They're hoping that finally reeling off a couple of consecutive wins can start a run of good hockey at a time when they desperately need it.

"I think we've played as a five-man unit" said Kevan Miller. "Forwards are getting back to help the 'D', and defensemen are stepping up to help the forwards. When you play like that and everybody is on the same page, it makes it that much easier. I think everybody, whether you're coming from Providence or you're up here, has played the same systems, but it can be a little bit of a struggle to get everybody on the same page.

"We've done a pretty good job of that, but doing it for 60 minutes has been a bit of an issue. We're trying to work on that."

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Grzelcyk happy to be back w/ B's and confident in his game

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Grzelcyk happy to be back w/ B's and confident in his game

BRIGHTON, Mass – It had to be a bitter pill for Matt Grzelcyk to be sent back down to the AHL after playing solidly for the Bruins earlier this season. 

The 23-year-old Charlestown native was excellent playing in place of Torey Krug in Boston’s opening night win over the Nashville Predators, but his stay didn’t last very long. The former Boston University standout was back in the minor leagues shortly afterward once Krug returned from his fractured jaw a little earlier than expected. Now Krug is again banged up again with an upper body injury, and Grzelcyk has been called up to fill in for Krug during Wednesday night’s pre-Thanksgiving road game in New Jersey against the Devils.

Once again it will be about a focus on puck-moving and power play for Grzelcyk, who is the closest thing that the Bruins have to the smaller, skilled Krug in their minor-league system. 

“I was happy with how things went before I got sent to Providence, so I’m just going to try to do the things that I was doing well before I got sent down. Mentally knowing that I can play at the NHL level [is huge], and just going through the experience was positive,” said Grzelcyk. “Mentally my first year I think I was a little too nervous and tentatively with my play, and that’s not me at all when I’m at my best. I’m confident with the puck, and confident with my speed and ability. It was just about going out and doing it on the ice.”

Grzelcyk was okay down in Providence with four assists and a plus-4 rating in 14 games, but he’s been patiently waiting for another NHL call since logging 12:11 of solid puck-moving ice time in his lone appearance for Boston this season. Now he’ll get it in a likely pairing with Kevan Miller against the New Jersey Devils

“He’s a puck-mover. He’s quick. He can get up the ice and support the rush, and he’s a good distributor,” said Cassidy of Grzelcyk. “There are a lot of natural similarities to Torey [Krug] because of their physical makeup, but they are similar [players] with Torey at this level being a bit more significant offensive player. Whether it’s in [Grzelcyk] or not time will tell, but we believe it is and we just need to get it out of him.”

Grzelcyk will get a chance to show that offensive wrinkle and more when he suits up against the New Jersey Devils for his second game of the season after paying his dues with the P-Bruins overt the last month. 

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