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Patrice Bergeron: 'Definitely Not the Effort You Want'


Patrice Bergeron said the Bruins again waited too long to make their comeback against the Canadiens and he’s looking for a better effort in Game 4 Thursday night.

“I said it after the last game, it’s not going to happen every time but we’ve got to make sure we do a better job of playing and having a good start,” Bergeron said. “We didn’t do that. We obviously want to show some character, but it’s not going to happen every time.”

Bergeron spoke about the critical coverage breakdowns that led to a couple of Montreal goals.

“It’s breakdowns that we gave them those plays,” Bergeron said. “It can’t happen, they’re going to make you pay if you’re not aware and it’s about doing a better job.”

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He was asked about his location on the P.K. Subban breakaway goal, scored six seconds after the Canadiens defenseman came back onto the ice after serving a roughing penalty.

“I didn’t see it,” Bergeron said. “I was on that side of of the rink so I was staying with [Lars Eller] so I don’t think Dougie [Hamilton] saw him, and he came over so we both kind of have to do a better job and be more aware.”

Bergeron didn’t think the Bruins played as well as Tuukka Rask thought they did in Game 3.

“Well, definitely not the effort that you want,” Bergeron said. “And we didn’t get the result because of it. In the playoffs it’s about not getting too low and too high so right now it’s about doing the adjustments and being ready for Game 4. We need a lot more.”