Bergeron overvalued by Bruins? Loss to Lightning proves otherwise

It would seem that if he’s trying to create two trios with a modicum of defensive responsibility, just flipping Peverley and Kelly would add some defense to one line and more playmaking to another. He might even have to bit the bullet and let Seguin center Recchi and Marchand for a shift just to light a fire under the boys. Another option could be breaking up the Campbell line to make up for Campbell and Paille’s deficiencies while adding some grit to other units.

Julien blamed his team’s inability to match Tampa Bay’s effort as the main culprit for the team’s loss. He’s probably right. When you look at those faceoff numbers and Tampa Bay’s 17 blocked shots and the 31 saves Dwayne Roloson made without many screens or much traffic, that’s a reflection of the work ethic lacking.

But better effort isn’t going to transform the Campbell line into the type of two-way threat the balanced Bruins need to succeed at the end of the night against the multi-talented Lightning. Just plugging Kelly into Bergeron’s spot doesn’t mean the Bruins can plow straight ahead and continue to win games the way they were when they reeled off eight victories in nine games before tonight.

The best solution for the Bruins’ problem, obviously, is the return of a healthy Patrice Bergeron. For all we know he could be back as soon as Game 2 or 3 and make this all moot.

Unfortunately, when he returns Bergeron won’t be any richer than the deal he’s finishing up this season and the one he’ll start playing under next season.

The Bruins, however, are only wealthy when they have their No. 37 in his spot on the second line. We saw just how poor a Bergeron-less Bruins team would look tonight.

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