Top star Patrice Bergeron ‘haunting’ the NHL
Brad Marchand arrived at his Warrior Ice Arena locker on Monday with one wish: to dress as Patrice Bergeron for Halloween.
Well, for starters, Marchand will need to add another few inches to his height and grow out a beard just to try to pull that feat off. So, he’ll have to settle as Bergeron’s linemate for the time being.
That is a dream in and of itself. Marchand, along with David Pastrnak, established themselves as Bergeron’s partners in crime over the past year and a half; forming the best line in the National Hockey League.
Marchand and Pastrnak didn’t have Bergeron during the preseason. It didn’t matter as Bergeron is picking up right where he left off last year.
Bergeron picked up his first accolade of the season on Monday as the NHL awarded the four-time Selke Winner as their top star of the week following a nine-point homestand (four goals and five assists in three games).
“It’s crazy to think how well he’s playing based on the summer he’s had and the training camp he had,” Marchand said about Bergeron’s latest accomplishment. “He hadn’t played [in the preseason] a whole lot and practiced a whole lot, so for him to come out the way he did and how hot he’s been, it’s pretty awesome to see.”
“I don’t know why he doesn’t [skip camp more often],” Marchand added about Bergeron missing the preseason. “If he’s going to play like this then he should do it every year.”
Bergeron went through a different preseason routine this year, but the yearly characteristics are still there. His two-way prowess and leadership abilities are two traits that showcase his standing as one of the best, well-rounded centers in the NHL.
Even with the accolades — from the four Selke Awards to his Stanley Cup ring and three gold medals with Team Canada –, the talented two-way center remains a humble soul. Bergeron’s reaction to his latest first honors was no different even when Marchand, himself, claimed that he didn’t deserve any credit.
“I don’t want any credit either. I’ll just pass it to Pasta [Pastrnak] then,” Bergeron joked.
“It’s one of those things where you get that recognition, but at the same time it goes with the work that we put in as a team. You know, we’ve put up some good numbers offensively, and there it is, so [the award] is obviously helped with everyone chipping in and going at it.”
The Bruins have outscored their opponents 22-6 since their 7-0 opening-night stinker against the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals. That night saw the trio each tally a minus-3 rating. Bergeron was on the ice for five of Washington’s seven tallies.
Things are different now. The trio has a combined 30 points and a plus-17 rating through the first five games and have tallied at least one point in 17 of Boston’s 22 goals.
So, Marchand may not go as Bergeron for Halloween. But together, the Bruins’ top line is posting frightening numbers and scaring opposing defenses throughout the league.