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A Special Player

Bergeron's work is elite in all three zones

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 3:36 PM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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