Bergeron breaks “unwritten rule” in All-Star Game
All-Star games in the National Hockey League are made for the best in the game to let their offense side loose. From hammering home one-timers to perfectly placed snipes, goals are not hard to find in the All Star Game.
Even the truest of defenseman show their offensive side when the All Star Game rolls around. The All Star Game also brings a set of some unwritten rules. Have fun, no physical play and no backchecking are just a few of those “unwritten rules.”
Playing in his second All Star Game, Bruins’ forward Patrice Bergeron broke a few of those. In a game known for it’s offense, Bergeron made sure he got his money’s worth by playing two-way hockey.
Two-way hockey is Bergeron’s bread and butter.
“Especially with knowing if you lose that first game you’re out—I wanted to play in the final and so, yeah, I definitely, a few guys in the other, yeah Metropolitan [locker room], they were telling me I wasn’t allowed to backcheck—that it was an unwritten rule in the All Star Game, I didn’t know about that,” Bergeron said with a smile.
After notching a slim 4-3 win over the Metropolitan All-Stars, Bergeron and his fellow Atlantic Division All-Stars took on the Pacific Division All-Stars who previously upset the favored Central Division. Matching up against a familiar foe, Bergeron got a little physical with Canucks forward Daniel Sedin.
“Yeah, yeah, well I was just trying to get the puck away from him,” Bergeron said about his contact with Sedin. “I thought John Scott hit Patrick Kane pretty good there. It was good, I thought guys were like I said, trying. Here and there you were using your body a little bit.”
Bergeron failed to pick up a point Sunday night, but his two-way effort was Bergeron-like. The Bruins center won three of his four face-offs.
“It was good, I had fun playing in it. I thought even though it was a low scoring game, it was entertaining,” Bergeron said about his experience. “The guys were working hard and making some good things happen.”