Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger finds himself playing same position in Sochi

2/13/14 in NHL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

When Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger entered the Sochi Olympics, he had certain expectations of it, including how he would feel about it and playing for another team. So far, much of it has turned out the way he thought, including the part about the anxiety of playing at international stage.
On Wednesday team Sweden faced Czech Republic and Sweden won the day 4-2 and Kruger admitted he felt a bit nervous.
"It's my first Olympics — you should be a bit nervous," Kruger said.
Kruger scored one of the goals on Wednesday after the 14 seconds after the 10 minute mark and said the way he played in the Olympics team was pretty similar to how he used to do things with the Blackhawks and knew full well how to do that part.
"Pretty similar with how I play in Chicago. I'm going to get a lot of chances on the (penalty kill) and try to be strong there,” said Kruger. “I think we did a good job in that area (Wednesday) and our power play was good as well. It's a good way to win games here."
Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya were both playing defense. With the Blackhawks, they played the same position so they hadno problem adjusting into the role. Oduya added that the problem he did face was overcoming the jet lag as a result of travelling to Sochi, which had disrupted his normal routine.
"(Tuesday) was probably the worst day and from now everything gets better so it shouldn't be a problem," Oduya said. "You really don't know what to expect. It's nice getting out there, especially to get a win to start."
There are other players from Blackhawks too who are in the Olympics. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith will get their chance on the ice on Thursday when Norway and Canada collide. 
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