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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  -
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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.”




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


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
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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