BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron didn't give any update or description of his still-undisclosed injury on Monday. When asked how he felt, physically, he said, "Ya, I mean I feel like Im looking forward to Game 7 and try to get ready for it."
He'll do so as a Selke Trophy finalist, along with St. Louis' David Backes and Detriot's Pavel Datsyuk. It's the first time that Bergeron has been nominated for the award that's annually given "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."
Bergeron led the NHL in plus-minus this season as a plus-36. But he credits his teammates for the nomination.
"Obviously it's a huge honor," said Bergeron on Monday. "Im flattered by it, to be named with two great players like David Backes and Pavel Datsyuk, I guess Im very happy with it, but still I think it goes for all my teammates and I really believe in that.
"I take pride in playing both sides of the rink and the little details in order to help the team win as much as I can. I think this award is somewhat compensating to the guys that play on both sides of the ice, so yes Im happy with it but at the same time, like you said, I dont really believe in individual awards as much as the team efforts. I think every time youre nominated for an award like that its because of your teammates and the help of all of them."
Bergeron played in Sunday's Game 6 with an undisclosed injury, and his coach praised his efforts.
"It's hard to find players like that, that you have to hold back versus sometimes having to push him through it," said Julien. "So, he's one of those guys.
"I thought we got a lot out of him yesterday, personally," added Julien. "I think he was a good player and I didnt see anything besides him just not taking faceoffs. There were no restrictions. And I think theres no doubt, any time off is good for any player that maybe is not at 100 percent. But hes fine, guys.
"Again, the type of player that he is, hes working through it. To me, I didnt see a difference in the player at all as far as his play was concerned. The only difference you saw was him not jumping into that circle to take faceoffs."