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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron receives huge praise from NHL peers in latest player poll

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron receives huge praise from NHL peers in latest player poll

Patrice Bergeron doesn't have a flashy skill set that dominates highlight reels, but the Boston Bruins center does a bit of everything to help his team win games.

Bergeron has never been a finalist for the Hart Trophy — the NHL's Most Valuable Player award. However, there's no question his peers understand the immense value he adds to winning. 

The Athletic recently released the results of a player poll it did this season that 198 players participated in. The first question listed was "Who is the best all-around player in the NHL today?" The results speak for themselves.

1) Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (48 percent of vote)
2) Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (25 percent)
3) Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins (11 percent)
4) Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers (four percent)
5) Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (four percent)

These results aren't shocking by any means, but it's encouraging to see Bergeron's two-way prowess recognized in this type of fashion.

Bergeron is having one of his best offensive seasons with 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) in just 47 games. He's also excelling in the faceoff dot with a 57.4 win percentage and he's driving puck possession with an impressive Corsi-For percentage above 55 during 5-on-5 play. Bergeron yet again is a prime candidate for the Selke Trophy — an award he's won four times, tied with Montreal's Bob Gainey for the most in history.

The Bruins are playing like legitimate Stanley Cup contenders right now with a 14-game point streak and wins in 10 of their last 12 games. Bergeron is among the primary reasons for that success, and you can bet opponents are well aware of his presence whenever he hops over the boards for a shift.

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Bruins' David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk to play Fornite Saturday as part of COVID-19 fundraiser

Bruins' David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk to play Fornite Saturday as part of COVID-19 fundraiser

Life without hockey might be getting to David Pastrnak.

The thing Pasta is doing Saturday, along with Bruins teammate Jake DeBrusk, is participating in "Twitch Stream Aid" a fundraiser for coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, relief. 

DeBrusk and Pastrnak will be playing Fortnite along with Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Zach Hyman and William Nylander. 

The event's website describes it as, "The worlds of gaming, music, and sports are coming together to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO [World Health Organization] powered by the United Nations Foundation." 

Who are the best goalies in Bruins history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best goalies in Bruins history? Ranking the Top 10

As with the Top 10 all-time list of Bruins defensemen, the list of all-time Bruins goalies is rich with elite performers, Hall of Fame players and Stanley Cup winners.

Some like Tim Thomas and Byron Dafoe had all-too-brief stays in Boston while others like Tiny Thompson and Frank Brimsek are known as some of the best to ever play the position.

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Others like Gerry Cheevers were iconic for both their personalities and the Stanley Cup wins on their résumés as well. Interestingly, there is also Tuukka Rask with a growing, impressive list of career numbers and accomplishments with the Black and Gold during his 10-plus years in the Original Six organization.

Here is the all-time Top 10 list of Bruins goalies.