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Bergeron expected to play with Crosby Sunday

Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron
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According to Evan Sporer of SB Nation on Saturday, former Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins was very effective while playing on Canada's number one line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Canada's 1-0 semi-final victory over the United States on Friday.

The three might not have got on the scoresheet but helped sustain significant pressure and limit the Americans to creating any significant scoring chances while on the ice.

Bergeron, who is known for his excellent consistency in his defensive zone coverage, has been a surprising fit as head coach Mike Babcock has been juggling the Canadian lines more frequently than Canada has won medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Bergeron is not known for putting up big offensive numbers, and was expected to be on the team for his success in the faceoff circle where he has won 61% over the last two seasons.

By allowing Bergeron to play on Canada's top line with Crosby and Kunitz, it could allow Crosby to take a few more offensive opportunities knowing that Bergeron is known for his excellence in his own end and the fact that the Canadian defense has been sensational as a whole throughout the tournament.

According to Kelly Hrudey of CBC Sports, Bergeron is not the only Canadian forward who has been strong defensively. As a unit, the Canadian forwards have gelled extremely well with the Canadian defense and have shown outstanding chemistry as an entire team.

Canada will play Sweden for the gold medal in men's hockey on Sunday at 5 a.m. mountain time on CBC.