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Hey, we’re back with another segment of Our Boys in Beantown, we greatly apologize for missing last week’s update, but today’s article will include everything to keep you recent with up your favorite team. Scroll down to find out who we chose to be this week’s Bruins Player of the Week, and why! Wanna be our next Geek of the Week? It’s simple, find out how towards the bottom of this report, and make sure to read in for a cool new update on you, yes you, the reader!

This week was a very important week for Bruins player Patrice Bergeron. While this experience wasn’t exactly off the ice, we like to consider it as something outside the norm for our team’s weekly doings. This weekend, Bergeron, the only player voted to represent the B’s, faced off in the Bridgestone All Star games and competitions. This was Patrice’s second All Star game in his 11-year career. He competed in three events and played a solid role for the Atlantic division. Most importantly to Bergeron, the experience was greatly shared with his son, Zach Bergeron, in Nashville. He now heads back to Boston where we hope he will help lead the B’s to victory this week. Keep reading to learn more about this week’s upcoming matchups.

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Since our last update, there has only been five games due to the All Star break that lasted a whole six days for the B’s. On Tuesday, January 19, the Bruins had a rejuvenating 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. During this big win, the fourth line, comprised of David Pastrnak, Zac Rinaldo, and Max Talbot combined to score two out of the four Boston goals. There was not much to complain about in the way the Bruins played this one, in fact, there were many things to boast about, especially with the performance of Tuukka Rask in the net. Two days later, the Bruins fell 4-2 to their 2011 rival, the Vancouver Canucks. This game marked the end of their three-game win streak.

Saturday the 23rd brought the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jonas Gustavsson started between the pipes, as Claude Julien thought that Rask was not at his best, and the Blue Jackets were not an important win for anything but morale. The Blue Jackets have not had a great season, but also struggled without their head coach Tortorella, who broke several of his ribs. On Monday, January 25th, the Bruins redeemed themselves against the Flyers, having lost to them just under two weeks before. They turned their last game around and won 3-2 rather than losing 2-3. This win was thanks to the two goals scored by the Bruins in the first period, making the rest of the game less nerve racking.

Tuesday was the last game before the All Star break for the Bruins which marked a tough 6-2 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. Gustavsson played the first period but was removed from the game and brought to Mass General Hospital for an apparent illness with an elevated heart rate. Bruins fans can all hope that the loss was due to a worry for Jonas, who is now doing better and will soon return to play. There’s lots coming up in the games this week, keep scrolling to find out more!

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This week’s Bruins Player of the Week is the only Bruins All Star of 2016, Patrice Bergeron. Patrice Bergeron is a leader of the Boston Bruins both on and off the ice. Bergeron’s on-ice leadership has led him to three Selke Trophies, an award given to the offenseman who is seen to be the best two-way player, or the best defensive offenseman in the NHL. Patrice Bergeron has attended two Olympic games playing on Team Canada. These games resulted in one gold medal, and also a Stanley Cup which was won in a game where he scored the game-winning goal.

Some more facts about Patrice Bergeron:

  • real name is Patrice Bergeron-Cleary
  • born and raised in L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada
  • drafted 45th overall in the 2003 NHL Draft
  • second NHL season he led the team with 31 goals and 73 points
  • the Bruins ex-general manager, Mike O’Connell, built the 2005 team around Bergeron instead of Joe Thornton, preferring the Bergeron’s on and off-ice character
  • won the 7th Player Award in 2005/06 as the player who most exceeded expectations
  • suffered a season-ending head injury during a game on October 27, 2007, from a hit resulting in a temporary loss of consciousness (not the end of his concussion history)
  • did not receive a fighting major until the Playoffs in 2009

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As we move into February this week, it marks the midway point in our regular season. Looking ahead, the Bruins have many tough battles coming up. First, is a faceoff with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Our boys have won all three battles against the Leafs this season, but this isn’t to say this game will come easy. Both teams will be coming off of a break over All-Star weekend, and could come back rejuvenated and hungry. A little fun fact, not to jinx us, but the Leafs haven’t won in Boston since December 31, 2014. After the showdown on Tuesday come Thursday night’s face-off versus the Sabres. This game will be played at home, and followed by another game against the Sabres on Saturday. All games will premiere at the designated arenas at seven o’clock, make sure to tune in or check out our twitter page for live updates!

06_bruins_bourqueNow for our question of the week! Please tweet your answer to @bergalicious63, the first person with the correct answer will get a follow and a shoutout. We ask you to please refrain from looking up the answer, that does not show your fan knowledge! Here’s what’s new pertaining to you, the winner will now be mentioned in our next segment! The #GeekoftheWeek will be recognized, so make sure to answer! Here’s some initial background on this week’s question:

Ray Bourque currently holds records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman in the National Hockey League. His number, 77, was retired by the Bruins following his ice days. However, this was not the original number Bourque was assigned. Which sweater number was first assigned to Ray when he debuted as a Bruin?

 

Won’t have time to watch these games? Check back here next week for an update, or follow us on twitter for live tweeting of the games.

Thanks, see you next Tuesday, when you join us again for another dish of baked beans!

 

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