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A Special Player

Bergeron's work is elite in all three zones

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 3:36 PM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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A Special Player
BOSTON, MA -- Chris Kelly, one of the B's best two way forwards, spent part of this morning talking about the work of another of the game's best, Patrice Bergeron.

Kelly highly endorsed his fellow center's candidacy for the NHL's Selke Trophy awarded annually to the forward "who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."

"Yeah, I think that’s fantastic," said Kelly. "Obviously, it's well deserved.

"I’m sure if you ask anyone in this locker room they’ll say the same and I think if you ask most guys throughout the league they’ll say the same thing.

"It’s bang on with that nomination."

Kelly was also bang on with his description of Bergeron as a center who has elite enough skill to be at the top of the NHL's scoring list, but who simultaniously takes pride in his work all over the ice when other forwards concentrate mostly on the opposing goal.

"He’s a professional," said Kelly. "He handles himself extremely well on and off the ice.

"He comes to work every game, every practice and works at his game in all three zones. He’s not just working on the defensive part of the game or the offensive part of the game.

"That’s what makes him such a special player."

What also makes Bergeron special is the humility with which he treated his nomination.

"I mean I take pride in on playing both sides of the rink and the little details in order to help the team win as much as I can," said Bergeron. "I think this award is somewhat...compensating the guys that play on both sides of the ice, so yes I’m happy with it.

"But at the same time I don’t really believe in individual awards as much as the team efforts.  I think every time you’re nominated for an award like that it’s because of your teammates."

However, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said this morning that it's often Bergeron who makes the Black & Gold better.

"There’s no doubt that Patrice deserves this; the way he’s played this year, the things he’s done to be nominated, how good he’s been defensively," said Julien, who later added, "He just never stops to amaze you with his commitment to playing."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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