BOSTON -- When a player isn't putting up the offensive numbers, sometimes getting the puck to bounce in your favor can be a big momentum boost.
That was the case for Bruins second-line center Patrice Bergeron during Friday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. He had gone a span of six games without registering a point, so after his shot ricocheted off New York defenseman Dan Girardi and went in, Bergeron is hoping more will follow.
"Every once in a while you have to get one of those good bounces and those kinds of goals to get you going again," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I was happy for him that it did go in, I thought it was important for him. Because as much as he wants to be a real reliable player, he still wants to produce as well. There's no doubt that was weighing on him and to get that goal probably takes a little bit of weight off his shoulders and hopefully gives him a little bit of momentum here in getting his scoring coming back."
Despite the lack of points recently, Bergeron is still playing well at both ends of the ice. He's been strong on faceoffs, as well as contributing on special teams. But when that puck went in for him on Friday, it was a relief. "I'll take that bounce," Bergeron said. "It's one of those that seemed like I haven't gotten in a while, so I'll take a bounce like that. But like I said, it's a team game, we all need to help out in any way we can and I'm trying to play on both sides of the rink and obviously the offensive part of my game has got to be there too.
"I'll definitely take it but it's just good I can look forward to [Saturday's] game now. Obviously I'm always trying to bring my best and help out any way I can on the ice so I know the offensive part of my game is part of it, too, so I've got to help out in both ways."
Overall, Bergeron has seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 26 games, including a plus-7 rating.