Patrice Bergeron the Boston Bruins’ Glue Amidst Key Absences

November 16th, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

Patrice Bergeron represented the resilience of the Boston Bruins for what seemed like the umpteenth time this young season Saturday afternoon.

With the deciding goal in a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the longest-tenured member of the franchise nudged into the team lead with 14 points on the year. Boston is now 9-2-0 when he contributes a point and is 2-6-0 otherwise.

That speaks to the way the Bruins have inevitably leaned on the longtime alternate captain to keep setting the precedent. They have had little or no choice of late considering who they have been missing due to injuries.

Bergeron has not quite been the quintessential two-way center that Boston values at all times. His status as a mere mortal has surfaced in spurts, particularly in the defensive zone.

But while he is not immune to fault, his occasional struggles were bound to happen. Fellow key cogs who assume some of the same tasks have been out of action, leaving Bergeron to shoulder an overload of weight.

More to the point, however, he has recompensed more often than not, particularly in the offensive zone. As a result, while ...

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