There was no need to put out an APB for someone to step up and fill the offensive void in the absence of Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, who was ruled out for four to six weeks Monday due to a broken foot.
The Bruins already had his replacements on their roster in the persons of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Both embraced the expanded role this week, and Bergeron did enough to earn my Bruin of the Week honor during the club’s 2-0-1 week.
Bergeron put up 1-1-2 totals and a plus-1 rating, plus he scored the shootout-winning goal in Ottawa Saturday night. Also against the Senators, he kept the puck alive in the Ottawa zone during a 6-on-5 and made the pass to Derek Morris to set up Krejci’s tying goal.
Against Nashville, he scored the game-tying goal with an awesome second effort on the goal line. In Philadelphia, he was minus-1, failed to hit the score sheet and lost control of the puck in the shootout, but won 13 of 23 faceoffs to help keep the Bruins in the contest. For the week, he won 42 of 66 faceoffs for a 63.6 percent success rate.
Other candidates for the award this week were Morris (1-4-5, plus-2) and Steve Begin (2-0-2, minus-1, scored the game-winner against Nashville and the game-tying goal against Philly).