After losing in a recent game against Anaheim, the Bruins were looking to bounce back. In their next game, they had their chance for redemption when they faced the St Louis Blues. The Bruins are getting into the latter part of the season where every point is crucial. Boston scored three goals-all coming from key veteran players: David Krejci, David Backes, and Patrice Bergeron. In this article, we take a look at one of the league’s most humble player.
THE ART OF THE DRAW
If you want to win a faceoff, you put Patrice Bergeron on the ice. The Boston Bruins centerman led the NHL in faceoff wins with 1,015 in the 2013-14 season, and he’s widely considered one of the best in the league. The finest two-way players in the NHL, Patrice Bergeron is not only methodical in his gameplay, he’s a consummate player. With a team-first attitude, the quiet forward makes a lot of noise on the ice. So much so that Bergeron earned NHL’s Second Star for January. Currently, Bergeron boasts a 57% faceoff win and has 11 goals in his last 14 games played. He also is now first on the Bruins’ roster in goals.
As being part of NHL’s most formidable line, Bergeron just keeps piling up numbers, even without his sidekick, Brad Marchand. With Marchand serving a five-game suspension, Patrice kept the first line productive with himself, David Pastrnak and Danton Heinen. Being with a responsible player like Bergeron has served them well, as both Pastrnak and Heinen scored critical goals. The B’s posted a 4-1 record without Marchand, showing once again how cohesive the black and gold have been. And if you’re wondering just how respected Bergeron is around the league, there’s serious talk about nominating the four-time Selke Winner as the league’s MVP. Not only does he have the backing of the Bruins organization, he has a fan in Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill:
“Bergeron, for me, has probably been the best player in the league for the season up to now…There are others like (Tampa Bay’s Nikita) Kucherov that you could make arguments for, but I think he has had as big an impact on winning as anyone in the league.”
Not only is the future Captain an all-around player, he’s one tough player. And playing against an ill Bergeron doesn’t exactly bode well for any opponent. Ask the Carolina Hurricanes, who had the misfortune of playing against Bergeron; he netted 4 goals in a recent game- an impressive feat considering he wasn’t feeling too well. Back in 2013 during a Stanley Cup playoff run, Bergy played with a separated shoulder, a hole in his lung, and a fractured rib. Most athletes wouldn’t dare play through those type of injuries, yet for someone like Bergy, there’s no questioning his dedication to the sport.
For every young Bruins player on this years roster, they have found themselves in a somewhat enviable position. Not only do they look to Captain Zdeno Chara’s wisdom from his many years of playing 1400 games to be exact-but they also have Bergeron to look to. Sadly, there will come a time when Chara will hang up his skates, leaving a lasting legacy in Boston. For Patrice Bergeron, becoming the Bruins new Captain would be the natural step, as Chara passes the torch to his successor. For the organization and fans, there could not a better leader than Patrice- tough, smart and classy.
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