Ken Wiebe
March 19, 2023, 12:34 PM

WINNIPEG — Current proof suggests the self-proclaimed Boston Bruins malaise is officially more than.

The Bruins rolled into Winnipeg on Thursday possessing lost 3 of the preceding 4 games and though considerably of the hockey planet was scratching their collective heads in amazement, open and sincere conversations have been getting had in an work to get to the root of the concern.

Though hiccups are commonplace more than the course of an 82-game schedule, letting points linger basically wasn’t an alternative for a group that is far more interested in raising a silver trophy at the finish of the season than keeping a historic pace for the duration of the typical season.

“It coincided with the day we clinched playoffs,” stated Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery. “Players’ sincere feedback, which I truly worth, is we’ve by no means been in this circumstance, 20 games left and we’ve clinched a playoff spot. It is human nature a tiny bit to take your foot off the gas pedal. That is what’s occurred to us.

“I do not assume we’ve stayed in the moment lately. All year we’ve stayed in the moment. We recognize why we didn’t keep in the moment. We’ve got to get back to getting in the moment.”

Thanks to victories more than the Winnipeg Jets (three-) and Minnesota Wild (five-three), all indicators point to the Bruins getting back on track.

Montgomery understood it was going to be extremely hard to preserve the ridiculous pace his group got off to, so he created a point to speak to quite a few coaches who have been in a comparable circumstance, selecting their respective brains about how to manage the lulls.

“There’s going to come a time exactly where you are going to have to address the malaise that is come more than our group,” stated Montgomery, who is a front-runner to capture the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in his very first season behind the Bruins bench. “You recognize it, but that is a excellent time to get their interest back.”

Montgomery stated he didn’t need to have to modify his tone or his message, it was far more about reinforcing the core beliefs.

Montgomery is not the a single dominant voice. He’s created a point of having a lot of feedback from the leadership group, especially from captain Patrice Bergeron.

Montgomery normally had an appreciation for Bergeron’s game, but seeing his operate habits on a everyday basis and how he conducts himself has been an eye opener.

“There’s two points: a single, listen a lot, due to the fact you are going to discover,” stated Montgomery. “I’ve discovered a lot from him, about leadership and about how to communicate and understanding the Bruins culture.

“The second issue is the empathy he has for everyone. He knows everybody’s name. He cares about everyone, irrespective of whether you play eight minutes a evening or you are on his line playing 19 minutes a evening. He cares about how you are undertaking as a individual, very first, and then, how to assist you as a teammate.”

Bergeron spoke to members of the media on Thursday morning and insisted he wasn’t the least bit concerned about the current benefits.

“Adversity is normally excellent, it tends to make you stronger as a group. Outcomes fall in spot when you take care of your procedure and your particulars,” stated Bergeron.

“This league is going to humble you if you do not take teams seriously and that is what you saw against Detroit and Chicago. Teams are providing us their very best each and every evening, which is a excellent challenge for us.”

One particular of the points that frequently gets brought up about the Bruins is the winning culture they’ve worked so difficult to establish and Bergeron spoke openly about the significance of accountability.

“It’s collectively, but it is also individually,” he stated. “It’s generating certain that we’re all held to the very same requirements, that is the most essential issue. No a single ought to really feel like they’re larger or above these guidelines and we’re attempting to do a excellent job of that internally and taking care of our area ourselves as a group and as veterans.”

Bergeron praised Montgomery for the job he’s carried out due to the fact taking more than for Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the club in June but is enjoying results of his personal right after joining the Vegas Golden Knights in the off-season.

“Every time there’s a new voice, there are new tips and new tweaks in the program,” stated Bergeron. “I assume (Montgomery) has carried out a wonderful job of communicating and generating guys really feel comfy and confident in their skills as effectively.”

Now in his 19th season, Bergeron is enjoying yet another brilliant campaign to go along with all of the team’s results.

His production has been rock-strong (25 ambitions, 51 points in 68 games) and he’s effectively on his way to claiming a sixth Selke Trophy as the very best defensive forward in the NHL.

“His IQ is subsequent level. That is the most significant issue,” stated Jets centre Mark Scheifele. “Obviously, he operates difficult and his operate ethic is tremendous but his hockey IQ is a single of these points that goes unnoticed. He’s a fairly great player.”

There was a lot of debate more than irrespective of whether or not he would return for this season, but Bergeron signed a a single-year deal on Aug. eight and that choice was celebrated all through the hockey planet — even by opponents who have to prepare to play against him.

“Oh man. It is how extended he’s played at a higher level,” stated Jets head coach Rick Bowness, when asked what he appreciates about Bergeron’s game. “I’ll inform you a story. That year of the lockout, 04-05, when I was with the Coyotes, we did some scouting and I went to the American League a couple of occasions to do some scouting. The year ahead of, Patrice had played the complete year in Boston and he went to Providence that year (right after). I saw him almost certainly play 5 games and in all 5 games, he was the very best player on the ice. So that tells you about his character.

“A lot of guys who play a year in the NHL, as an (18) year old and then go to the minors and not be satisfied about it. Every single game he was the very best player on the ice. That told me all I necessary to know about his character. Then when you watch him play the game, my God, his hockey IQ, his compete level game by game more than all of this time is pretty, pretty impressive. It goes back to his character. This guy is a amazing individual, amazing leader and a single heck of a hockey player. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame, for certain.”

No argument right here.

Bergeron is a single of the very best two-way players of all time and due to the fact of how excellent he’s been defensively, some people overlook the reality he’s racked up 14 seasons of creating 20 ambitions or far more — and yet another six of 30 or far more.

With 14 games left in the typical season, Bergeron could possibly make it seven.

Bergeron is not the form of individual to commit the season taking a victory lap or going on a prolonged farewell tour, he’s bringing his small business-like method and he’ll deal with the future when it is time to do so.

But if the Bruins take place to be playing in an arena close to you either at the finish of this typical season or in the playoffs, you could possibly want to take benefit of the chance to see him reside.

There basically are not quite a few players like him any longer — and that is a single of the quite a few causes Bergeron will be celebrated extended right after he decides to hang up the blades.


When the news that Hurricanes prolific scorer Andrei Svechnikov would be lost or the rest of the season due to a torn appropriate ACL was confirmed, there have been a lot of people questioning how that group would respond to the devastating improvement.

The Hurricanes are a group that is been enjoying a great season, at present sitting in very first spot in the Metropolitan Division but they do not have an abundance of pure snipers — and now they’ve lost a single of their most constant ones right after currently playing the bulk of the campaign without the need of Max Pacioretty.

Nicely, the Hurricanes are two-1 due to the fact the news, possessing earned victories more than the Jets (five-three) and Philadelphia Flyers (five-four in OT) though dropping a five-two choice to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sebastian Aho did his portion on Saturday, capping a hat trick with an exceptional rush 28 seconds into overtime right after Martin Necas forced the 3-on-3 session by scoring with .three seconds to go in regulation time.

Aho just hit 30 ambitions for the fourth time in seven seasons (he also has a 29-target campaign to go along with a pair of 24-target outputs), though Necas continues to lead the group in points (64 in 68 games) for the duration of this breakout season.

On an unrelated note, hearing about how Svechnikov apologized to Hurricanes GM Don Waddell for having injured was heartbreaking and shows how invested he is in the organization that chose him second general in the 2018 NHL Draft.

“There’s no simple way to say it. I hate it for him far more than something due to the fact he’s worked so difficult to get to this point of the year, when it is enjoyable. And he’s not going to be in a position to be a portion of it going forward. It is difficult,” head coach Brind’Amour told reporters. “I hated it for Pacioretty when he goes down due to the fact he’s missing undertaking what he loves to do and now, Svech, hopefully it is not super devastating but I know this is a extended-term injury, so it is not wonderful.

“For us, we’ve got to move forward and do our job. It is 20 guys, it is not a single guy. I can inform you that,” Brind’Amour continued. “It was by no means about a single guy. It just tends to make it a tiny tougher, definitely you do not have a single of your weapons in there. It does not modify anybody’s job. We’ve just got to be that considerably far more detailed.”

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In this space a couple of weeks ago, we wondered who would comply with Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid into the century club. The answer, it turns out, is teammate Leon Draisaitl, who hit one hundred points by scoring twice against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. He’s now up to 104 points, which leaves him second in the NHL, but a exceptional 30 points behind McDavid. Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft had a wonderful line in the 32 Thoughts podcast this week, urging people to not develop into numb to what McDavid is undertaking.

Speaking of numbers, Dallas Stars sniper Jason Robertson became the seventh NHL player to attain the 40-target mark on Saturday evening by scoring a pair — like a backhand for the overtime winner — moving him to 41 on the season, which leaves him a single behind Tage Thompson of the Buffalo Sabres. McDavid leads the Rocket Richard chase with 58. Robertson eclipsed 40 ambitions for the very first time final season, finishing with 41 ambitions and 79 points in 74 games. He’s currently reached 88 points in 70 games this season and became the fourth player in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history to record several 40-target campaigns, joining Dino Ciccarelli (4), Brian Bellows (3), and Dave Gagner (two).

By collecting a pair of assists in Saturday’s six- victory more than the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers winger Patrick Kane moved into a tie for second spot general for points amongst American-born players with Phil Housley at 1,232. Subsequent on the list for Kane to attempt and chase down is Mike Modano (1,374).

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