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2013-14 stats: 25 games, six goals, five assists, plus-six
Offensive impact: Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins' best all-around player, and his offensive contributions tend to get downplayed.
He is not a big-time scorer. He has not scored more than 22 goals since the 2005-06 season, when he had 31. However, he is a very skilled offensive player.
His ability to dominate in the faceoff circle is key. When he wins a faceoff—which he does 59.8 percent of the time—he gains possession of the puck for the Bruins, and that leads to scoring opportunities.
He has excellent instincts in the offensive zone. He knows how to hold on to the puck for an extra split-second and draw the defense to him. That gives him a chance to pass to open teammates.
Bergeron is a skilled shooter, but he seems reluctant to fire away with his wrist shot or snap shot because he would rather set up his teammates. But when his team needs to score, he will take matters into his own hands.
Bergeron scored the tying goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh game last season and then scored the series-winning goal in overtime. He also scored four goals in the Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks.
When the Bruins need a goal, Julien will make sure Bergeron is on the ice.