Blue Jackets upbeat as they return from Olympics

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky says he's over the disappointment of Russia's Olympic failure in hockey. Now he's committed to getting the Columbus Blue Jackets into the playoffs.

"Right now I feel pretty good. It's already behind us," he said. "Right after the games, I felt empty and I felt bad."

Bobrovsky and three Blue Jackets on the Russian team arrived back in Columbus a week ago and have had plenty of time to acclimate to their NHL club.

The game tonight at New Jersey against the Devils is their first after the NHL's Olympic hiatus.

Coach Todd Richards, an assistant to Dan Bylsma with fourth-place Team USA, is still catching up on lost sleep from the Sochi Games. He called it the experience of a lifetime, memorable for a warm welcome by the Russian people, great competition and an enjoyable three weeks.

"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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