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Monday, March 4, 2013

Patrice Bergeron Named NHL's Second Star Of The Week

As everybody who reads this blog knows, the Bruins (14-3-2) are off to a great start in this lockout shortened reason. A big reason why has been center Patrice Bergeron (5 goals, 13 assists) who not only leads the team in points but also plus/minus at +15 (also the NHL's highest mark). For his great week, this afternoon he was named the NHL's second star of the week behind Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty and ahead of Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Last week, Bergeron had two goals and four assists as Boston went 3-1-0 and rode a six-game winning streak until losing last night to the Canadiens. He had points in each game including two assists in the Bruins' 4-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday, the overtime game-winning goal against Ottawa (2-1 Bruins) on Thursday and a goal and two assists in Boston's 4-3 loss to Montreal last night.

This is the same guy that won his first Selke award last season (for the NHL's best defensive player) so as you'd expect, he is still winning a majority of his faceoffs and playing that outstanding two-way game that we've grown to identify and appreciate. He is also centering Boston's best forward line by far: him, Brad Marchand (6 goals, 11 assists) and Tyler Seguin (5 goals, 10 assists) are Boston's top three scorers-David Krejci is tied with Seguin-and they've been consistently excellent in pretty much every game so far this season.

Bergeron and the B's are back in action tomorrow night (7 p.m., NESN) when they visit the Washington Capitals (8-11-1) at the Verizon Center in DC.

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