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As Bergeron Goes, So Goes Boston

No. 37 continues to lead the way for the Bruins, in all facets of the game

Thursday, 03.7.2013 / 11:23 PM ET / Features
By Eric Russo  - BostonBruins.com
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As Bergeron Goes, So Goes Boston
Patrice Bergeron continues to be the consummate Bruin. No matter what needs to be done, he does it. Once again on Thursday night, Bergeron led the way for the B\u2019s, delivering a goal and two assists \u2013 one on Tyler Seguin\u2019s second period goal, and one on Seguin\u2019s empty-netter \u2013 in helping end the Black & Gold\u2019s short two-game skid, with a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, in front of 17,565 at TD Garden.

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BOSTON, MAPatrice Bergeron continues to be the consummate Bruin. No matter what needs to be done, he follows through.

Once again on Thursday night, Bergeron led the way for the B’s, delivering a goal and two assists – one on Tyler Seguin’s second period goal, and one on Seguin’s empty-netter – in helping end the Black & Gold’s short two-game skid, with a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, in front of 17,565 at TD Garden.

The B’s alternate captain also registered a plus-3 rating and three shots on goal in 17:56 of ice time (that included 2:40 on the power play and 2:11 on the penalty kill, in which the Bruins were perfect).

Over the past nine games, the Bruins are 7-1-1 and Bergeron has tallied 4-10–14 totals over that stretch. He has been the leader of his line, with Seguin and Brad Marchand by his side, that has combined for 14 goals, 23 assists and 37 points over that same nine game span.

“When you’ve got a guy like Bergeron doing such a great job down in your own end, the puck gets out quicker,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien of what has the line clicking. “And then when you’ve got those guys on each side of you, there’s a pretty good attack going on. That’s a good line for us. I think all three of them deserve a lot of credit.”

Julien applauded the work of No. 37 and pointed to the fact that even if Bergeron loses a face off – which is extremely rare, he was 12 of 20 on Thursday – he never gives up on a play.

“It just says a lot,” the B’s bench boss said. “There’s so much that’s been said about him – all good. It’s very deserving. He doesn’t like to lose draws, but, if you lose a draw, for him it’s a mistake and he’s going to try and redeem himself as quick as he can. That’s just the reliability that comes with his game.”

Marchand, who had two assists against the Leafs, couldn’t express enough admiration for his linemate.

“He’s incredible,” Marchand said of Bergeron. “He’s an elite player in this league, and you saw he played for the [Canadian] Olympic team, and he’s got a Cup. He’s won at every level because of how great a player he is.

“When you have your top scorer playing defensively the way he does, it’s very encouraging, and it makes guys follow.”

Bergeron has been the perfect player for Marchand to try and emulate. No. 63 has been able to watch Bergeron first hand over the last three seasons and marvels at the professional approach he takes to the game.

“I think when I came here, Bergy was the guy that I always found myself watching because he’s the guy who always prides himself on getting better,” said Marchand. “He always wants to learn and improve his game, and whether it’s on or off the ice, you can see how he treats his body.

“He only puts good food in it and gets lots of sleep and makes sure he does all of the right things to continue being a better player.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 73 21 31 2 52
L. Eriksson 73 19 23 0 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
M. Lucic 73 15 25 10 40
B. Marchand 69 22 17 6 39
C. Soderberg 74 11 27 8 38
R. Smith 73 12 25 8 37
T. Krug 70 12 23 12 35
D. Krejci 39 7 21 7 28
C. Kelly 72 7 20 8 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .919 2.30
T. Rask 29 19 12 .921 2.34
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