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The Boston Bruins lead the NHL in faceoff percentage (56.8), which is a category they finished first in during the 2011-12 season.
Boston has ranked in the top five in faceoff percentage in each of the last three seasons, and the success of Patrice Bergeron in this area of the game is a major reason for that.
Bergeron leads the league in faceoff percentage (61.5) among all players who have taken 250 or more draws. He also ranks sixth in faceoff wins with 453 and seventh in short-handed faceoff wins with 61.
The Bruins star plays a major role on special teams, especially the penalty kill. Boston has the best penalty kill in the league, and one of the primary reasons for this success is Bergeron's ability to win defensive zone draws so his teammates can ice the puck. Bergeron has lost only 34 short-handed faceoffs, which is the fewest total of anyone in the top 20 of short-handed faceoff wins.
Faceoff success also played a part in Bergeron winning the Frank J. Selke trophy last year as the league's top defensive forward. He led the NHL in faceoff wins (973) and finished fourth in draws taken during the 2011-12 season (1,641).
The Bruins would not be able to dominate defensively and rank in the top five in GAA and penalty killing if Bergeron was not one of the league's top faceoff forwards.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs in Boston.