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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron deserves to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP if his team wins the Stanley Cup.
He leads all players with four goals in the Cup Final (nine total in 20 games), which puts him one behind Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp for the postseason lead.
The veteran forward has also played a major role on special teams.
A good amount of the Bruins' improvement on the power play in the Cup Final can be attributed to Bergeron's performance. His two power-play goals with the man advantage are two more than the team scored in its sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the conference finals.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien has also given Bergeron a lot of short-handed ice time because of his elite defensive skills, which is one reason why Boston is 14-of-15 on the penalty kill through four games.
In addition to his offensive and special teams success, Bergeron has been exceptional as a defensive forward matched up against Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews. Chicago's captain has just one point in the series and also hasn't performed well in the faceoff dot against last year's Frank J. Selke Trophy winner.
Boston's second-line center has won 85 of 130 faceoffs in this series, which is the best success rate (65.4 percent) among all players.
This year's Cup Final has helped prove that Bergeron is the best two-way forward in the NHL. He's scoring goals, playing exceptional defense and dominating in the faceoff dot. The 27-year-old is doing a bit of everything to help the Bruins capture a second Stanley Cup in three years.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He is also a credentialed writer at the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. All quotes obtained firsthand.