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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 / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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All the Way Back: Bergeron Scores
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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