While Game 7 comeback star Patrice Bergeron said Wednesday he is honored to be named one of the three finalists for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s best defensive forward, his focus now is squarely on the showdown with the New York Rangers.
“Part of the playoffs is to be in the moment, not look in the past, not look ahead,” Bergeron said after practice on Wednesday. “It’s about that next game, next day, so right now we’re worried about round 2, as we should.”
Bergeron knows it will be difficult to score against a Rangers team that has been stingy on defense, giving up just 1.65 goals per game in the postseason so far behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
“We know we’re going to have to fight to get to the front, and fight to get our chances, we need to do that,” Bergeron said.
The Rangers’ skill at blocking shots has been a hot topic heading into the series, but Bergeron thinks the Bruins can overcome that defensive strategy.
“It’s about trying to find different ways, definitely try to fake some shots,” he said. “At the same time, it’s just create our chances, create some havoc in front of Lundqvist and get to the loose pucks, get to the rebounds.”