Chara has 'talked' with Pacioretty


Chara has 'talked' with Pacioretty

By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON, Mass. Zdeno Chara addressed the media masses on Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena as the Bruins start cranking things up for a much-anticipated playoff series against the hated Montreal Canadiens.The Bs captain kept things short, sweet and simple, and likely wont deviate far from that with the Montreal media contingent expected to be present at all times over the next few weeks.While Chara was rattling off curt answers to all questions, he also revealed he managed to get in contact with Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty after reaching out to him several times. Chara had put effort into contacting the fallen Habs forward after driving the scrappy forward into the Bell Centre's unforgiving turnbuckle a scary hitthat left Pacioretty unconscious on the ice and turned the Montreal fan base into a maelstrom of anger and revenge-seekers.Yes, I did, said Chara when asked if hed made contact with the Habs player. Weve talked.Chara didnt reveal what was said in that discussion with Pacioretty, but said that hes instead focused on hockey with the Habs and the Bell Centre lunacy standing between him and his first Stanley Cup.Its the playoffs," Chara said. "Its very exciting. Its what we all play for. Its been like that for years. Its not going to be any different. Basically we all just have to focus on the game and play our game.Its the playoffs. Its a new season. All our focus should be on the game. Everybody is really pumped up, but you cant have that affect you because its Montreal and its the first round. You just have to focus on what you need to do.

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Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

BOSTON – It certainly feels appropriate that Patrice Bergeron would author a clutch game-winning goal late in the third period of his first game back after missing a week of games with a lower body injury. That Bergeron’s game-winner also arrived in the home opener at TD Garden was an added bonus once No. 37 hammered a shot from the high slot with 1:15 to go in the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the game in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The goal arrived courtesy of a nifty setup from linemate Brad Marchand working behind the New Jersey net, and also thanks to David Pastrnak winning a battle in the corner thanks to newfound grit in his game. But the hero of the day again turned out to be No. 37, who went from missing an entire week of action to reclaiming his center role on the top line, playing 16:49 of ice time and winning 13-of-24 face-offs while generating five shot attempts.

“I think it’s pretty obvious with what he did [against the Devils]. After being off for over a week and to come back and have one practice with us then back into the game, he scores a clutch goal for us. That’s what he has always been, a clutch player for us,” said Claude Julien. “I think the third period we gave it a really good push there and I like seeing that from our team that you come out and you don’t play on your heels and you push hard and we went down by a goal but we got our game going like I said and we got a couple goals to win this for us.”

Bergeron modestly said postgame that he was just trying to get into the flow of the game after missing a healthy chunk of time with injury. But he certainly looked like he was vintage form once it crunch time. The timing was perfect as he stepped into the one-timer shot off Marchand’s pass, and beat Cory Schneider amid a strong 34-save performance by the kid from Marblehead.

“I mean I was just trying to, I guess, get my feet wet right away and use the first few shifts to kind of just get, feel good about my positioning and my skating,” said Bergeron. “As the game went on I just felt better. Of course you want to start on a good note, especially at home, and we talked about our home record in the last few years. We wanted to do the job early, especially in the first game, and it’s one step but we’re happy with it.”

It was like Bergeron didn’t miss a single beat after missing the first three games of the season with a lower body injury, and those kinds of instincts and natural ability are things worth marveling about when it comes to the Bruins.

“I was feeling good [on the ice],” said Bergeron. “It would have been nice to ride the wave of the World Cup, but that being said I thought in the first I was trying to be good position ally and kind of get myself going with the first few shifts, and just kind of go from there. Overall I thought that happened.”

While the comeback win was certainly good news for the Bruins, the best news of all is that Bergeron has returned to the lineup with no signs of an injury that surprised everybody right before the start of the regular season.