January 31, 2011

Bergeron named First Star of the Month

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. (Getty)

NEW YORK – The NHL announced today that forward Patrice Bergeron has been named the First Star of the Month for January.

Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle (Milton, Mass.) and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne are the second and third stars, respectively.

Bergeron led all NHL scorers with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) and posted a +13 rating in 14 games, helping the Bruins (28-15-7) hit the All-Star break first in the Northeast Division.

Highlighting Bergeron's month was a streak of four consecutive games with multiple points, beginning with a pair of goals and +2 rating in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens Jan. 8.

He notched two assists and +2 rating in the Bruins' 4-2 comeback victory at Pittsburgh Jan. 10, a game which Boston trailed 2-0 with fewer than four minutes remaining.

Bergeron recorded his first career NHL hat trick and a +4 rating in a 6-0 win over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 11 and tallied a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 13.

He was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending January 16.

The 25-year-old native of Ancienne-Lorette, Que. leads the Bruins in scoring with 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 50 games.