The Bruins were riding a six-game winning streak before the Montreal Canadiens snapped that last night at the TD Garden. During that span, Patrice Bergeron had a tremendous stretch of hockey and, as a result, earned the National Hockey League’s second star of the week for his efforts behind Habs forward Max Pacioretty.
In the Bruins’ win over the New York Islanders last week, Bergeron had two assists. In Boston’s thrilling overtime win over the Ottawa Senators, Bergeron scored a dirty game-winning goal that lifted the black and gold to a dramatic win in overtime. Saturday afternoon as the Bruins scored three unanswered goals to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning, who had the game-winning assist on Brad Marchand’s goal? Mr. Bergeron. The Bruins’ assistant captain capped off the week with a three-point night in yesterday’s loss.
Bergeron recorded a seven points in four games last week and is now the team leader in points with 18 (5 G 13 A). He is now tied atop the league in plus/minus with a plus-15 rating – along with five others, including fellow linemate Tyler Seguin.
Bergeron is a staple for the B’s. He is the best two-way hockey player on the team and possibly in the league. He was awarded the Selke Trophy for a reason last year and he is proving it yet again why his name should be in that conversation every year. There is nothing Bergeron cannot do. He is great on the penalty kill, he is great on the power-play and his hockey IQ is off the charts.
It doesn’t hurt that he plays alongside Seguin and Brad Marchand, but Bruins fans can tell that Seguin and Marchand are modeling their games after Bergeron. Seguin looked like Bergeron the last few games hustling back and breaking up odd-man rushes to go along with his play-making abilities. Bergeron is the “veteran” of that line (very weird to say) and those three have been relentless all year. Between Bergeron, Seguin and Marchand, the three have combined for 50 points on the year (21 G, 29 A).
Bergeron talked about his game-winning goal Thursday night versus the Ottawa Senators post-game in the locker room.
“Yeah, right off the faceoff I was trying to get open for Seids (Dennis Seidenberg) for a tip, and he made a great shot actually,” Bergeron said. “I think that’s what he wanted to do is to find my stick, and he did, and I was just trying obviously to tip it on net, and it squeezed in so I’ll take that.”
Bergeron has had a lot of success this season (5 G 13 A) and he talked briefly about his strategy on the ice.
“Well, just trying to deny and read what their play is and I think we’re doing a good job of that,” Bergeron said. “We’re finding the most dangerous guy and what they’re trying to accomplish out there and it’s about communicating and having some good sticks. It doesn’t always have to be putting your body in front of the lane, but also your stick’s got to take the seam and all of that, so I think when you do that, it denies a lot of chances for them.”
If there is a synonym for consistency in the dictionary, look for the words “Patrice Bergeron” because he’s been doing it for a while for the Black and Gold and always at a high level on both sides of the puck.