The last time Patrice Bergeron took the ice versus the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden it was with a punctured lung, a broken rib and torn cartilage in his side during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals a year ago.
He was deemed a “hero” to many of his teammates and fans around the Boston area. The word “hero” was put back into perspective Thursday night as a sold out TD Garden remembered the two firemen (Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy) who lost their lives battling an intense blaze on Beacon Street.
With that being said, Bergeron potted two goals for the Black and Gold in a 3-0 victory over the Blackhawks Thursday night. It was Bergeron’s 24th and 25th of the season. His career high for the B’s was during the 2005-06 season where he put in 31 goals. There is still time left in the season where he may eclipse that total the way he is playing as of late.
Bergeron has scored in five straight games (six goals) and seven of his last ten games to come within three goals of team leader Jarome Iginla, who is also on a torrid pace.
It is tough not to praise Bergeron every single night because he is so consistent on each end of the ice, but now his results are doing the talking and speaking loud volumes to his efforts. To go along with his 25 goals this year and 28 assists, he leads the NHL with a plus-38 rating. His two-way play has been well documented, but with his recent tear, it’s become evident that he is the favorite to capture his second Selke Trophy in three years.
“The puck’s going in I guess,” Bergeron said after his team’s 3-0 win against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. “There’s not much to say about it. It’s just you get those chances sometimes during the year and it doesn’t go in and now it is. Obviously it’s great anytime I can chip in offensively and keep my two way game. I’m happy with it.”
Bergeron, as the modest guy that he is, credited his line mates with the success he is having as of late as well as this entire season.
When asked on if he thought he could reach the types of number he has now again in his career Bergeron admitted he never really thought about it.
“It’s kind of one of those things that-like I said, I’m happy it’s going in, but I just want to keep my same game, the same level of play, keep getting better,” he said. “Obviously, that’s part of my game, also it’s to help our offensively and scoring goals and creating plays. I’m definitely happy it’s going in, but that being said, I’m happy when I defend a goal as much as scoring them.”
That last line Bergeron stated above signifies the type of player he is. He is just as proud doing his job on the defensive end than scoring a goal. He is a one of a kind player and he is having another Bergeron-type season.
See what Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara and Claude Julien had to say about the B’s win over the Blackhawks last night.