Regular Season Stats
At first glance, you might think Patrice Bergeron had a down season with just 21 goals and 32 assists. The first half of his season was not good from the offensive side, but things picked up during the second half. Although he had his lowest point production, excluding the lockout shortened season of 2013, since 2009-10 we found out at the end of the season that he played the entire year with a sports hernia.
Bergeron’s 21 goals was 11 less than we saw out of him during the 2015-16 season. However, even though the total was down, he was one of the most clutch goal scorers on the team with a third of his goals being game winners.
If the hernia was the reason for the down offensive year, it certainly did not affect his game within his own zone and in the faceoff circle. Bergeron was a beast when it came to possession as he finished the regular season with a career high 61.8 Corsi For percentage. His mark led the entire league and his trusty left winger Brad Marchand finished second as the Bruins top line dominated the competition all season long.
Bergeron continued to be one of the game’s best players at the faceoff dot. He finished the season with a 60.1 faceoff win percentage and led the entire NHL with 1086 total faceoff wins.
His fantastic work defensively was rewarded with his third Selke Trophy in the last four years and fourth overall in his career. If this is what we got out of Patrice Bergeron with a sports hernia, 2017-18 could be a huge year for him at full health!
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