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Bergeron ready to lead the way with consistency

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Bergeron ready to lead the way with consistency

It was a wholly different situation for Patrice Bergeron in Switzerland.
The Quebec native was near the Italian border playing for HC Lugano, and didnt speak the native tongue of the area. He also played right wing for the duration of his three-month stint in the Swiss League before playing a few games at his more familiar center spot during the Spengler Tournament in Davos.
Bergeron added another medal to his impressive trophy case by winning a Spengler Cup for Team Canada something to go with his Stanley Cup championship, Olympic gold medal, World Junior Championship gold medal, and World Championship Gold in a laundry list of accomplishments that simply blare out winner.
Now the 27-year-old alternate captain is simply happy to be back in Boston after posting 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 21 games for Lugano while waiting out the 113-day NHL lockout.
I feel pretty good. I kept busy during the lockout. Obviously Ive got to get back used to the small ice, but its great to be back with the guys, said Bergeron. Im excited. You never know until you play your first game, but the tempo of the game was very fast. I also got to play in the Spengler Cup, and the competition in that was very high.
Im just looking forward to getting started now.
While Bergeron was playing more of an offensive role at the wing in Switzerland than his two-way responsibilities down the middle in Boston, the pivot isnt worried about jumping back into his defensive and faceoff duties. On Thursday he was skating with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin during battle drills in tight areas around the net, and it looked like little time had passed for one of Bostons well-entrenched forward lines.
That speaks to the advantage Bergeron and the Bruins may have with so many players returning with great familiarity toward each other, and the same coaching staff preaching the exact same systems.
Consistency is going to be the main key to have success in a 48-game season, said Bergeron. You need to perform right away and keep it up throughout the whole time. Its going to be a grind, for sure, but its also going to be fun for the players and for the fans.
If consistency is needed for success during this abbreviated NHL season, the Bruins could do a lot worse than looking at steady No. 37 to lead the way.

With injuries to both ankles, Smart unlikely to play tonight

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With injuries to both ankles, Smart unlikely to play tonight

PHILADELPHIA – Things have only gotten worse for the Celtics on the injury front.
 
Marcus Smart, who replaced an injured Gordon Hayward (left ankle) in the Celtics’ starting lineup, is now unlikely to suit up for tonight’s game against Philadelphia.

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Smart, whose left ankle was heavily wrapped prior to Boston’s shoot-around this morning, said he rolled both ankles in the 108-100 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not made a decision on who would replace Smart in the Celtics’ starting lineup tonight.
 
“We’ll do some work all day and pre-game and make a final determination,” Stevens said.
 
More to come …