For Bergeron, Selke honor takes back seat

BOSTON -- Reigning Selke Award winner Patrice Bergeron is humbled again by this season’s nomination, but the Boston Bruins forward is focused on his team’s next opponent, the New York Rangers.

Along with Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Bergeron is a finalist for the award given to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

"It’s not something I really worry about, to be honest,” Bergeron said Wednesday after the team’s practice at TD Garden as it prepares for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers. “It’s a nice honor just to be nominated with these two guys, they’re great players. To be a part of it is great, but at the same time there are a lot more things to worry about. We have a game tomorrow and that’s all I need to focus on right now.”

Bergeron finished this season ranked first among centermen with a 62.1 percent success rating. He also led the Bruins with a plus-24 rating.

Bruins coach Claude Julien believes his assistant captain should win his second consecutive Selke Award.

“I can tell you right now, I would be extremely disappointed and would’ve been vocal about it had he not been nominated,” Julien said. “This guy here is so good at both ends of the ice, and he keeps proving it year after year. There’s not too many guys in this league that can do what Patrice does.”