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  • 04 Jun
    导出博客文章BOSTON – He is the other Bruins stopper. Not the 6-foot-9 all-encompassing
    mountain that is Zdeno Chara, but the reigning (and likely repeat) Selke Trophy
    winner and the “underrated” thorn in the Leafs side. “I think hes got to be one
    of the best two-way forwards in the game,” Tyler Bozak remarked to TSN.ca. “He
    doesnt do flashy stuff at all, but its like he never makes a wrong play. He
    always does the right thing. Its hard for him to make mistakes I guess.” “Hes a
    guy that can hurt you offensively, but at the same time hes going to frustrate
    you on the defensive end,” added Ryan OByrne, a frequent opponent as a former
    member of the Montreal Canadiens. Patrice Bergeron doesnt command the seismic
    attention of Chara, but remains as significant a detriment to the Maple Leafs
    chances of success in a first round series with Boston, set to continue with
    Game 2 on Saturday evening at TD Garden. A determined and pesky presence at both
    ends of the rink, Bergeron is an all-around pain to deal with, because as Bozak
    points out, “theres not really an aspect of his game that he lacks”. “Hes one
    of those guys that does everything well really,” Jay McClement, a strong
    defensive pivot himself, noted. “Hes good at faceoffs and hes always in the
    conversation for the Selke every year and for good reason.” While he did not
    score or manage a point in the Bruins dominant Game 1 win on Wednesday night,
    the 27-year-old draped himself over Torontos top line of Bozak, Phil Kessel, and
    James van Riemsdyk, Kessel, most prominently, held off the scoreboard for the
    fifth time in five meetings with Boston this season. “He plays the game honest,”
    said Bozak, his unit rarely seeing a moment free of Bergeron in the series
    opener. “Hes always on the right side of the puck. He doesnt get caught in
    situations where he leaves someone out to dry. I just think hes a really honest
    player.” “Hes never out of position,” OByrne opined. “He leans on you and he
    just doesnt give you much room.” Chara has made life unquestionably difficult on
    Kessel, the Leafs leading scorer who is still without an even-strength goal
    against his former team, but so too has Bergeron. Not overly imposing physically
    – actually listed at about the same size as Bozak – the
    native of LAncienne-Lorette, Quebec achieves his success defensively with
    determination and intelligence, instinctively scoping out the play with
    anticipation and effective positioning. “I think hockey smarts is probably one
    of the biggest assets you can have,” said Bozak, “and I think his are right up
    there with the tops.” “To play that type of role you have to be smart and read
    the plays,” added McClement. “Hes one of those guys that was probably a very
    offensive player growing up and then added that two-way part to his game.”
    Centering Bostons swift top line of Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin, Bergeron is
    a challenging force on the draw, leading the league at 62.1 percent in 2013,
    including an almost unbeatable 67 percent mark at home. “He was someone that
    early in my career I had a really tough time beating and someone that I tried to
    learn some stuff from,” Bozak mentioned. In his first one-on-one battle with
    Bergeron – March 9, 2010 – the Leafs top line centre lost 11 of 17 draws, but
    ended up marginally ahead in their most recent battle, winning 6 of 11 clashes
    in Game 1. “Positioning, strength, his timings really good,” Bozak remarked of
    Bergerons faceoff skills. “I think another thing [is] he changes it up a lot, he
    doesnt just stick [to one move] and do the same thing … so he keeps you guessing
    and youve got to try and keep him guessing so its [kind] of a mind game.” Its
    those heady defensive traits and faceoff acumen that additionally make Bergeron
    one of the leagues most effective penalty killers, the Toronto power-play shut
    down in 10 of 11 opportunities in the regular season, 1-3 in the series opener,
    the lone goal ensuing with Bergeron in the box. Factor in his stealth production
    offensively, 35 points in 44 career games against the Leafs, including a
    team-leading four points in four meetings this season, and its no wonder that
    Bergeron is labeled as "underrated" by OByrne. “Hes not a flashy player,” said
    the Leafs defender, “but hes going to contribute offensively for sure and thats
    why he maybe goes under the radar a bit. “Hes a key part of that Boston team and
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