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All the Way Back: Bergeron Scores

Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal of the season on Thursday

Friday, 10.24.2008 / 10:57 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bergeron, after the goal.
Boston, MA -- On Monday, after the Pittsburgh game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien talked about Patrice Bergeron.

“He’s one of our heart and soul players,” he said. “The guy was really missed last year and what he does every day for our team, in practice or games, he always leads by example.

“His work ethic is second to none, and besides his skill level being extremely high, he’s as important as any key guy on any team in the league.”

Julien had no reservations about his center’s game.

“He’s very demanding of himself,” he said. “(Look at) his involvement, his work ethic -- to me there’s no hesitation in his play.

“I think overall we couldn’t ask for more from him at this stage.”

Later in the week, Coach Julien added, “We’re extremely pleased he’s creating opportunities, he’s in the right spots…right now, he just needs that confidence to score on a regular basis.”

On Thursday night, Bergeron delivered the goal that signaled that the forward was fully recovered from the concussion that nearly ended his career last October.

“I’m obviously happy it’s behind me and I can look forward now that I got that first one,” said Bergeron, before he shifted attention away from himself and back onto his team. “But I’m not happy about the way we played.

“Obviously we need those points, especially against a team in our division. “

Putting the loss aside, Bergeron, who was clearly more concerned with helping the Bruins get back on the winning side things,was finally able to talk about regaining his scoring touch.

“Well it’s nice to contribute on the scoreboard,” said Patrice. “I was feeling great even though I wasn’t scoring, the chances were there.

“I just (had) to keep going.

“But to just get back at it, play hockey, have fun, my passion, and obviously scoring goals was part of (the comeback),” he said.

For a long while during his recovery, Bergeron wasn’t able to skate or shoot, and his determination and ability to focus were the only things that kept him on track for returning to the NHL.

“I believe in the mental part of the game and I’m always working on that,” he said. “That’s something that I’ve been doing even before (the concussion).”

Thank goodness, he never stopped.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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