Bergeron/By S. Bradley

It’s been a tough last five games for the Bruins, who have dropped four of those contests (although they’ve picked up points in four of five as well).

No one takes the losing — be it in regulation, overtime or shootout — harder than Patrice Bergeron.

For his efforts over the course of Boston’s 1-1-1 week that stretched their recent slump to 1-1-3, Bergeron was voted the Bruins of the Week by readers of

Who should be the Bruin of the Week?

  • Patrice Bergeron (48%, 59 Votes)
  • Steven Kampfer (34%, 42 Votes)
  • Tuukka Rask (19%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 124

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Bergeron, a quiet leader of the club as an alternate captain, was quiet as well on the ice with no points in the win at Toronto and then just one assist against Minnesota. However, Bergeron would’ve been a great hero had the Bruins hung on to win in Montreal. He scored both goals that put the Bruins ahead 2-0 on their hated rivals, the Canadiens.

First, he cashed in from in front of the net after Brad Marchand and Blake Wheeler moved the puck around the zone after a Habs giveaway.

And then he and longtime linemate Mark Recchi battled below the goal line until a long shift ended with Bergeron again parked in front for a crowd-silencing Bruins goal.

Bergeron has now taken over second place on the Bruins’ scoring chart for the season with 27 points (10 goals). He has at least one point in five of his last six games, and six of eight.

The Bruins re-signed Bergeron for beyond this year last fall with the intention that he’d add an offensive flair to his solid defensive game. Maybe that side of him, unseen for some time, is starting to emerge.