For several years, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was one of the more unheralded players in the league. One of the best two-way centers in the game, he never seemed to get a whole lot of love when it came to garnering Selke Trophy votes.
But team success has a way of shining a positive light on the individual players. And sure enough, after everyone got a chance to watch Bergeron play in the long playoff run of 2011, he was rewarded with the much-deserved Selke following the 2012 season.
Bergeron, to the surprise of no one, is not about to rest on any laurels.
"I don't think it changes anything because it's not something I stop and think about, to be honest. Whether I have (the Selke) or not, I want to go out and play the best I can and help the team win. It's the same approach this year. I don't see anything different," said the alternate captain.
According to Bergeron, his line with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand had ups and downs in Tuesday's scrimmage against Providence. However, it was important for the team to get that game under its belt. He said it has required adjusting on his part going from the Olympic-sized ice surface he was playing on in Switzerland during the lockout to the smaller rinks of North America.
"It was good to play a team that has been playing on the sheet and that system for a while. You can practice all you want, but you can never duplicate what you do in games, so that was perfect to get that behind us," said Bergeron.
No pain is a big gain
The Bruins thus far have been lucky in that they haven't experienced any muscle pulls or injuries in this abbreviated camp and have not had to sit anyone out because of health reasons. Coach Claude Julien has had to strike a balance between pushing the players and making sure those who did not play overseas during the lockout survive the camp, too.
Patrice Bergeron considered smooth as Selke
Boston Herald | Jan 18