Boston, MA –
After a scary shot to the leg took him out of the game late in the third period on Tuesday, Patrice Bergeron
is back on the ice and will settle for nothing less than two points tonight.
“It feels good, it’s fine,” Bergeron said of his injury, which tested negative on the x-ray. “Just my leg went numb for a quick minute or two and then obviously the pain went away. That’s fine, it’s just a stinger...I’m playing tonight.”
Amidst the hype of tonight’s game versus the recently criticized Matt Cooke and his Pittsburgh Penguins, Bergeron insisted that the Bruins focus has remained on earning the W.
“Obviously you can’t go after a guy that doesn’t want anything to do with you,” Bergeron said. “For us, really like I said, it’s the win. It’s the two points.”
Bergeron continued, adding that though the goal for tonight is a win, the B’s will not forget the last time the two squads met—a game that ended in Cooke’s hit, which took out Bruins forward Marc Savard, likely for the remainder of the season.
“We know we’re playing a good team, a fast team, and we also know what happened,” Bergeron said. “We know it was a bad hit and there was no need for it and we lost one of our best players obviously.
“We need to worry about ourselves.”
As the Bruins head down the final stretch on the road to the playoffs, it’s become increasingly obvious that each and every point makes a difference. Coming off of the momentum of the decisive 5-2 win over Carolina two days ago, Bergeron and his teammates are hoping to carry that energy over to tonight, the B’s first home game in two weeks.
“At the end of the season, if we don’t make the playoffs by two points, and something’s going to happen tonight, I think people will still be mad that we didn’t make the playoffs. I don’t think they’re just going to say, ‘Well at least we got revenge on the 18th of March,’” Bergeron said.
“So we need to be aware that it’s a hockey game and the two points are at stake. Obviously the fans want us to be in the playoffs, and we need to think about that first.”
When he was pressed to expand on the strategy they’ll have for tonight, Bergeron kept it simple and reiterated his main objective—win.
“First and foremost for us, it’s about the two points,” he said. “We’re in a situation where we need to win and we need to stay where we are in the standings or go up, obviously.
“So that’s the main part, the most important part. It’s hockey, it’s a physical game, but it’s got to stay in the rules.”