Boston Bruins Injuries Mounting
The Boston Bruins needed Patrice Bergeron in the lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. Bergy scores a goal or two in that game and they win it. He scores the tough goals in clutch times. It’s an element of his game, and goal-scoring more specifically, that is often over-looked in the shadow of all those Selke trophies.
Bergeron was on pace to set a personal season-high in goals and points had he not fractured his foot. For the first time in his careeer he was scoring at point per game pace and it was getting him some Hart Trophy (MVP) consideration. Everyone knows what Bergeron brings to the defensive side of the ice. If he is allowed to let his offense flourish, and it seems under Bruce Cssidy he will, well then he is just a controlling force on the ice.
Obvious team concerns aside for the moment, it’s a shame Bergeron is missing significant time this year. I think we were witnessing his finest season yet. And his chemistry with the explosive Brad Marchand is just off the charts. Those two were set to have career years (Marchand may still) and I, as a fan, feel a little robbed.
For so many years Bergeron worked in Claude Julien’s defense-first system and thrived in it, without question. But I don’t believe Bergeron is quite the defensive player he is today if not for Julien’s tutelage. However, Bergy’s success came at the expense of his offense. But it doesn’t have to. Bergeron is good enough to handle both without sacrificing either. The greats always could. Think of some great two-way forwards, Peter Forsberg, Steve Yzerman, they could always balance the two roles.
Let’s hope Bergeron heals quickly and comes back to help the Bruins on that deep Cup run.