For most of this season, Patrice Bergeron has been the Bruins' most important and consistent forward.

In January, he was the NHL's First Star of the Month. In 14 games, Bergeron had a league-best 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists). He had four straight multi-point games. On Jan. 11, he recorded his first career hat trick in a 6-0 thumping of Ottawa.

For two months, Bergeron had been the engine of the No. 2 line, the Bruins' sharpest two-way trio.