Bergeron honored, humbled by Selke Trophy victory

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Bergeron honored, humbled by Selke Trophy victory

LAS VEGAS, NV Patrice Bergeron was typically modest and deferential in accepting the greatest individual honor of his career, but there was no mistaking how much the honor meant to him as he scanned the names on the Frank J. Selke Trophy Award after winning the honor as the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
No matter what happened before for Bergeron and no matter what greatness awaits him in a career that seems destined for forever in Boston, the two-way center is no longer the grossly underrated superstar doing all the little things right.
One look at the Selke Trophy while speaking with the assembled media clued him into that.
Im just looking at it right here... and this is only one side of it, said Bergeron, but I see Rob BrindAmour, Pavel Datsyuk, Jere Lehtonen, Sergei Federov theyre all guys that I played with in the league and that Ive watched on TV.
Its very impressing and its very humbling. Its an honor and Im very happy.
It was a long time coming for a player that nearly had his NHL career derailed five years ago by a major concussion that put him out for an entire year. The trophy among the NHLs best and brightest was validation that No. 37 is even better than he was prior to the Randy Jones hit-from-behind that threatened his career, and hes still getting better as he enters his prime years.
Bergeron took pains to make certain that everyone knew the award was just as much an accomplishment for his teammates as it was individual recognition. But theres also a certain amount of self-reflection that comes with winning awards and earning league-wide recognition, and Bergeron was feeling every bit of that at the Wynn Casino and Resort on Wednesday night.
Sometimes you have to look back at what youve accomplished over past years. I was always confident I could come back from my injuries, but winning the Stanley Cup was my dream come true, said Bergeron. Winning the Selke is something Im very proud of. I always believed.
But its always nice to be recognized that maybe my game is back and maybe even better than it was before. I just want to keep improving.
Bergeron finished the season with a face-off winning percentage over 59 percent while amassing over 1,600 draws, and the two-way center led the NHL with a plusminus of 36. With those kind of numbers that far dwarfed his competition, he blew away all other defensive forward prospects despite some solid fellow candidates in David Backes and Pavel Datsyuk. Bergeron finished with 1,312 vote points while Backes was the second-place finisher with 698 vote points.
It feels special. Playing both sides of the rink is something that I take a lot of pride in. Thats the way I learned to play hockey, said Bergeron. To win an award for the best defensive forward is something special, but I cant do this without my teammates. Im really happy that my name is going to be on this trophy.
The Selke field was perhaps lightened a bit this year when both Jonathan Toews and Ryan Kesler were felled with injuries, but theres no reason to think this couldnt be a run of Selke Trophies for a player thats just beginning to establish how good he can be.
Chara gave Bergeron a big bear hug as the two said their goodbyes after the awards ceremony. The Bruins captains pride in his teammate was obvious, and his words beforehand underscored that.
Im extremely happy for him, said Chara. He means a lot. To have him on the team playing every role in every situation at crucial times in the games... you can always count on him on or off the ice. Hes a tremendous hockey player and person.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.