Columbus Blue Jackets all fired up after Olympics to make it to the playoffs

2/27/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsColumbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky did not take lightly the way Russia fared in men’s ice hockey in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. They were eliminated prematurely and without glory. Now he is fired up to get something right and has made it his goal to help the team make it to the playoffs this season.
 
Bobrovsky said that he was optimistic about the way the team had played and had a good feeling about the whole thing. He added that the feeling of failure of Russians was still something he felt in his heart after games but had put that in the past and was concentrating on the future.
 
"Right now I feel pretty good. It's already behind us," he said. "Right after the games, I felt empty and I felt bad. But that's already past.
 
Total of 4 Blue Jacket players were selected to represent Russia in the Winter Olympics ice hockey team and they came back to the team almost a week ago. Now they have managed to get back in the shape in form for the NHL season and on Thursday they will face the New Jersey Devils, which will be the first game that they will play after the Olympics break ended and the NHL came back to life.
 
Head coach Todd Richards is still a little jet lagged but labels the experience of the Olympics as something unique that cannot be felt anywhere else. He said the Russian hospitality was warm and they managed to make the three weeks stay there an experience of a lifetime.
 
Richards said that the scenic beauty of it all was amazing and the place where he was situated made the memories even more memorable. He added that he will always remember his trip to Sochi.
 
"I walked into my fourth-floor apartment and our back balcony was a stone's throw away from the Black Sea," Richards said. "Everything was great. It was pretty impressive. It'll be something I'll be able to look back on throughout my career."
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