Bergeron’s letting his play make pitch for vote in All-Star Last Man In election

Matt Kalman
January 03, 2019 - 1:39 pm

Patrice Bergeron missed his chance Thursday to record an Elizabeth Warren-style campaign-launch video after it was announced he was one of eight Atlantic Division players eligible for the 2019 NHL All-Star Last Men In voting.

Asked after the Bruins’ morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena to make his pitch for votes, the Bruins center bashfully looked at the ground and declined.

“Yeah I’m not going to be very good at that. It’s one of those things where we’ll see what happens and keep trying to be me out there,” he said.

Bergeron has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 24 games, but he’ll have to get more votes than Jeff Skinner of Buffalo, Dylan Larkin of Detroit, Aleksander Barkov of Florida, Shea Weber of Montreal, Mark Stone of Ottawa, Brayden Point of Tampa Bay and Morgan Rielly of Toronto.

If Bergeron gets the requisite voters or becomes an injury replacement, he’ll get to head to San Jose for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game with teammate David Pastrnak, who earned his first All-Star selection on Wednesday. Pastrnak was one of 37 players chosen by the NHL Hockey Operations Department to head to the festivities.

“Obviously very happy … but obviously it’s my teammates, I wouldn’t be there without them, and my linemates. Very happy, obviously, it’s going to be a great experience,” Pastrnak said.

Krejci OK

David Krejci’s absence from the morning skate had many worrying he may be the latest Bruins player to come up with an injury, but it turned out he was with his wife for the birth of their son. Krejci is expected to be in the lineup against Calgary on Thursday at TD Garden.

Krejci is going to center a line with Ryan Donato back in the lineup at right wing, and Jake DeBrusk on left wing.

David Backes will complete his three-game suspension and Joakim Nordstrom will be out with a fracture fibula, which he suffered in the 2019 Winter Classic on Tuesday. Nordstrom will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

McAvoy mending

Charlie McAvoy will miss his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury, and he’s not expected to play Saturday either. But coach Bruce Cassidy said the defenseman has resumed working out and will start skating soon.