The choice to make for my first Boston Bruins Player of the Week selection was somewhat difficult. But it’s good when it’s hard because there were a few guys who could win it, right? For the record, it came down to Brad Marchand versus Patrice Bergeron. Marchand made a good argument for inclusion–two goals, including a power play goal, and five assists over the week beginning Feb. 26–but then Bergeron surged ahead with his output of two goals, five assists and a point streak that spanned the entire week. Plus, he has yet to register a negative rating in any game so far this season, even when the Bruins have lost.
His great week began Feb. 26 against the New York Islanders, when he provided assists on Adam McQuaid’s first goal of the season and Marchand’s 10th. He didn’t put up any assists when the Bruins faced the Ottawa Senators on the last day of February, but he did one better, winning the game in overtime on that slow-mover that had to be reviewed before it was deemed a good goal. Let’s look at that goal again.
When Marchand scored that second power play goal of the same game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and miracles became that much more possible, it was Bergeron who provided the sole assist. Then in last night’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Bergeron had a goal and two assists as part of the line that coach Claude Julien singled out as the best in the game. Jack Edwards, relegated to “broadcasting” from, presumably, the comforts of his home because NBC Sports Network opted into the game, thinks Bergeron is pretty good too:
BERGERON IS THE BEST ALL AROUND PLAYER ON THE BRUINS.2-2.SEGUIN MAKES THE CENTERING FEED.ANSWERING.THUNDER.#NESN
— Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) March 4, 2013
Fun fact: Bergeron is now just outside the top 20 all-time Bruins in terms of points. When he gets to point number 430 (he’s at 419), he’ll surpass Woody Dumart and make it into the top 20, which is populated entirely by past Bruins, only one of whom (Joe Thornton) is still an active player elsewhere in the NHL.
So it was a close one for this inaugural Bruins player of the week spotlight, but in the end Bergeron wins out because of his production, plus the fact that he’s now on a four-game point streak and looking to enter the top 20 Bruins for point-scoring.
UPDATE: Bergeron has also been recognized as the NHL’s second star of the week for the week ending March 3.