Patrice Bergeron takes stock of his future
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After the staggering collapse of his roster that eluded a 3-1 series lead against the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron was asked to answer questions about his future as a professional hockey player and doubt will hang around for a while.
The Quebecer has also played the last three meetings of the first round confrontation despite a herniated disc suffered during the last game of the regular season and having kept him out for four games, a- he confirmed to the media. Unfortunately for his family, his return to the game did not yield the expected results, with Boston losing 4-3 in overtime in the deciding game on Sunday.
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Now what will be next for the one whose age is equivalent to his number 37? With a Stanley Cup ring and five Frank-Selke trophies to his credit, he has nothing left to prove in the National League.
“Yes, it will take time and talk about it with the family. We will decide from there. Currently, it is too difficult to determine everything. Obviously, we are in a state of shock and disappointed, he commented following the premature end of the course of his team, which totaled 65 victories and 135 points during the campaign. I just want to say thank you for all the support this season. This is a special city, fans and an organization that are just as special.”
“Admittedly, this is not the intended outcome and it is extremely disappointing, especially for the team we had. This is not where we want to be, he also said. It hurts, but it is so. You compete and fight hard all year for this, so it's hard to accept.”
Elsewhere in the locker room, the striker's allies are hoping for his return in 2023-2024, without too many surprises. With all his experience and his leadership, Bergeron wants to be an outstanding teacher.
“I learned a lot from him. I hope to learn even more from him next year,” said head coach Jim Montgomery, as reported by the daily “Boston Globe”.
“You can look everywhere for finding sources of motivation, but that's a big chunk,” said Taylor Hall before the game.
During the regular season, Bergeron amassed 58 points in 78 outings. His playoff performance may have been affected by his physical issues, as he posted a -6 differential against the Panthers.