David Krejci’s lapse helps Patrice Bergeron find his groove
December 24, 2014 - Finding Carter
Patrice Bergeron had a good night.
On Tuesday, Bergeron assisted on 3 of his team’s 5 goals for a season-high three-helper game. He won 15 of 24 faceoffs. He was credited with 3 takeaways, one of that led to a initial of Brad Marchand’s dual goals.
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It was Patrice Bergeron being Patrice Bergeron. It was no fluke that he played one of his strongest games of a year with David Krejci closer to anticipating his cruising speed.
“Better than a final game,” Krejci pronounced of his night.
Like many of a Bruins, Bergeron hasn’t been as good this year as he was final season. The Bruins coming him to core one of a league’s best two-way lines. But Bergeron, Marchand, and Reilly Smith haven’t played with a metronome’s coherence they submitted for many of 2013-14.
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It hasn’t helped that with Krejci blank for 20 of 35 games, Bergeron’s attempted to do too much. Even superstars like Bergeron quarrel a diversion when they lie and tumble into bad habits.
But for a final 4 games, a Bruins’ lineup has looked closer to a one they projected. Krejci (power-play goal, 3 shots on net, 3 others blocked) is coming a turn of play — clever on a puck, sleazy in a descent zone, artistic in formulating chances for his teammates — he customarily submits when he’s during full health. This allows Bergeron to settle into his purpose of all-around center, not one who feels like he has to lift all of a descent responsibilities.
“Having Krech behind really gets us some-more abyss on all lines,” Bergeron said. “He’s really a good player, a large partial of a team. It’s good to have him back.”
The Bruins did not play a consummate 60 mins in their 5-3 win over Nashville. They grabbed dual leads in a initial period. Both times, they gave a Predators easy chances to tie a game. In a third, they went into full shelter mode as Nashville poured on a gas. Tuukka Rask (22 saves on 25 shots) burped out rebounds of a pucks that didn’t finish adult in his net.
But a Bruins scored 5 goals, relating their deteriorate high, given they were behind to rolling 3 offensive-minded centers. It hasn’t been that approach for many of a year. It’s showed.
The Bruins sojourn deficient in mixed areas. They need a right wing with descent participation to play with Krejci and Milan Lucic. They need a fourth line that can possibly play with a puck or trigger appetite instead of follow a game. Rask has to find his Vezina-level touch.
But their players, coaches, and bosses still trust this is a group that can collect itself adult and run with a large boys. One of their resources is their strength down a middle, with Krejci, Bergeron, and Carl Soderberg rolling 1-2-3 and wearing out their opposition.
In a first, Bergeron started a conflict by doing what he does best – branch invulnerability into offense. Filip Forsberg attempted to movement a puck out of a Nashville zone. But when Forsberg bobbled a puck, Bergeron jumped on it and claimed it for himself. Bergeron speckled Marchand in front for a initial of his dual goals.
Later in a first, Krejci gave a Bruins a 2-1 lead with his initial power-play goal. It was a initial man-advantage idea for Krejci’s section given Oct. 26. The other section (most recently Bergeron, Soderberg, Smith, Loui Eriksson, and Dougie Hamilton) had scored a 6 prior power-play goals.
Without Krejci as one of a dual indicate group subsequent to Torey Krug, a Bruins have run by mixed options, including Seth Griffith. On Tuesday, given of Krejci’s presence, Griffith was a healthy scratch.
Bergeron done another clever array of plays median by a second. Bergeron started by bubbling down a right wing and gnawing a shot on goal. Carter Hutton done a save.
But Bergeron churned around a net, got to his miscarry first, and connected with Marchand during a right circle. As Marchand used Kevan Miller during a point, Bergeron went to a net, sketch a courtesy of Mattias Ekholm. Miller’s shot bounced off Bergeron and onto Marchand’s stick. Before Hutton could recover, Marchand tapped in his second of a night.
“He was great,” Marchand said. “He’s one of a tip players in a league. When he’s on his game, he’s always creation good plays. He did that again tonight. When he’s on, it allows a rest of a group to go. Hopefully he can continue to play a approach he has a final 12 years.”
After Nashville sealed to 4-3, a Predators kept on pushing. When they pulled Hutton for a sixth skater, a Bruins rolled out their 5 many obliged defensive players. Naturally, Bergeron was one of them. In a final minute, Bergeron gained control of a puck. He quietly skated by core ice and gave it to Eriksson for a empty-net goal.
The Bruins have a two-game winning strain for a initial time this month. They’ve indispensable good fitness to do it. They rallied on Sunday opposite a down-and-out Sabres to win in overtime. On Tuesday, they avoided Pekka Rinne, a league’s best goalie, and rode out a frightful third period. They sojourn out of a tip 8 in a Eastern Conference.
They’re not tighten to being a dangerous team. But carrying Krejci behind is a good place to start.Fluto Shinzawa can be reached during email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.