Patrice Bergeron Will Shut Down Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby

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The Boston Bruins know they can’t afford to give Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby an inch of space if they hope to contain him.  Luckily for the Bruins, they have just the right guy to do that in Patrice Bergeron.

Crosby is tied for the most goals in the playoffs with seven.  He has a knack for drifting away from the guy marking him and then popping up in the right place at the right time.  Bergeron knows he can’t lose Crosby for even a second. He has been able to score a lot of goals in these playoffs with no one anywhere near him, despite the fact that he is one of the most notorious goal-scorers in the NHL.

Bergeron is quite possibly the best lock-down forward in the game. He plays on the power play and penalty kill, meaning he’s available to step on the ice no matter when the Pens choose to put Sid the Kid out there.

One of the biggest keys to the Crosby/Bergeron match-up will be at the face off dots.  Bergeron led the league in face off percentage at 62.1 percent during the regular season. He’s been even better than that in the playoffs, taking 63.5 percent. One of the best ways the Bruins can slow Crosby down is by winning draws and forcing him to play defense.

The Penguins don’t tend to play a lot of games with their line changes.  They usually try to stick to their own game plan and let the opposition worry about dealing with match-ups. The Bruins will be waiting to march Bergeron on the ice at a moment’s notice to make sure they get the match-up they are hoping for.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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