Patrice Bergeron can’t understand lack of effort in Game 7: ‘There’s no words to explain it’
|05.15.14 at 12:25 am ET|
Patrice Bergeron stood in front of his locker and searched for the words that never really came. How did the Bruins lay such an egg in Game 7 with their 54-win, 117-point season in the balance?
“You can’t really, there’s no words to explain it,” Bergeron said. “Obviously got to give them credit, but we didn’t execute and we didn’t score the goals that we needed to get the momentum or whatever.”
From the moment the Canadiens’ Dale Weise took a pass from Danny Briere and beat Tuukka Rask, with Matt Bartkowski looking on, the Bruins looked demoralized.
“That first goal definitely sucked the energy out of us and it was hard to get it back,” Bergeron said. “We had some shifts that we did, but again, all in all, when we had some good chances they scored that second goal again. And bottom line, we’ve got to execute and score. Like I just said, we’ve got to definitely give them some credit where they deserve it, but we’ve got to be better.
“I don’t know if it was nerves, I think we’ve been there before, but yeah, definitely not the start that we needed. And that goal definitely took that energy out of us.”
The effort just never seemed to be there, and Bergeron could sense that.
“On and off, I guess,” Bergeron said. “I guess that’s the way to put it.”
Was he disappointed with the effort level?
“Overall, yeah,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron was asked about the curious Game 7 penalty calls early and late, including a pair on his linemate Brad Marchand.
“You can’t worry about that, especially at that time, you’ve got to do the job,” Marchand said. “It’s not about putting blame on anyone but us. They have a job to do — the refs — and we have a job to do.”
What was missing?
“That one goal, that one shot that could give us the life that we needed,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron spoke like a man in shock after the season came to an end in Game 7 of the second round when nothing less than a Stanley Cup finals appearance was expected.
“You win the Presidents’ Trophy and you do have some high expectations for yourself,” Bergeron said. “And that’s how it’s been here for a while now. And definitely far from being where we would have liked to go, and definitely not happy with the result.
“I don’t know. We definitely didn’t play our best. It’s the team that plays the best at this time that goes forward, and it wasn’t us. We definitely could have been — should have been — a lot better.”