Bergeron/By S. Bradley

Readers of the Bruins blog appreciated Patrice Bergeron’s improved play enough two weeks ago to vote him the Bruin of the Week.

Now the rest of the NHL is beginning to notice his emergence as an offensive force in combination with his always solid defensive play. Bergeron earned the NHL’s Second Star award for last week, during a week which readers of this blog also voted him the Bruin of the Week for the second straight week.

Who should be the Bruin of the Week?

  • Patrice Bergeron (87%, 81 Votes)
  • Gregory Campbell (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Dennis Seidenberg (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Tim Thomas (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

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Bergeron started the week with two assists in the dramatic comeback affair in Pittsburgh Monday. The next night, he used the Ottawa Senators as his own personal play toy with his first NHL hat trick.

Bergeron added a two-point night in the wild 7-5 win over Philadelphia Thursday. For the week, he won 65 percent of his faceoffs. He is now ranked 20th in the NHL with a 55.3 percent success rate.

Coming into this season, the Bruins were hoping for Bergeron to show an offensive bent that would make them a more dynamic team. He now leads the team with 34 points and his 14 goals are second on the squad. One of the club’s alternate captains, Bergeron is known for quietly leading by example. Now the rest of the league is beginning to notice his contributions.