Lucic impressed by opening ceremonies

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Bruins winger Milan Lucic recovered from his bout with food poisoning Friday in time to watch the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies from his hometown of Vancouver on television.

He gave his city and the IOC a thumbs-up for the three-hours-plus performance.

“It was good. They really made BC Place look really cool,” said Lucic on Saturday morning after an off-ice workout in preparation for the Bruins’ date with the Florida Panthers here at the BankAtlantic Center. “I don’t know what they used for that stage floor, it was pretty cool with stuff coming out of there, in and out. That was really cool. Obviously, they had a little bit of a malfunction there at the end, but I think it was just a really good event. It brought up a lot about the history of Canada and the different regions and all that type of stuff, so it was a nice one to see.”

Most of the Bruins players caught at least a glimpse of the festivities on the tube before calling it a night. Defenseman Andrew Ference is a self-proclaimed “Olympics junky” and he managed to wrestle the remote away from roommate Dennis Wideman long enough to watch the ceremonies.

“It was awesome just because it’s so close to home and you feel a lot of pride, obviously, seeing my home province now,” said Ference, an Alberta native who now calls British Columbia home.

While the likes of Lucic and Ference will continue to watch the Olympics (Lucic plans to attend the games as a fan), six Bruins are scheduled to take part. So the opening ceremonies served as a sort of warning shot that in a couple days, it’ll be time to put the Bruins’ fortunes on the backburner and started playing for national pride.

“Obviously, the closer we get to our departure, the closer the reality is,” said Bruins captain and Slovakian star Zdeno Chara. “But, for sure, when you see on TV that it’s started, it’s real.”

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