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Tampa Bay Lightning calls up D and power-play specialist Marc-Andre Bergeron from AHL Norfolk

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With defenseman Mike Lundin likely out of Sunday's game with the Blues, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday made a much-anticipated move and, as expected, called up defenseman and power-play specialist Marc-Andre Bergeron from AHL Norfolk. Bergeron, 30, was signed Jan. 4 to a one-year, $1 million deal. He has been with the Admirals getting into game shape and strengthening his surgically repaired right knee.

Bergeron, whose salary will be prorated to the time he spends with the Lightning, will be a seventh defenseman. As good as he is on the power play, and as big as is his shot, Bergeron is not known for his defense. So, you will see him with the man advantage but expect him to pick up only spot duty on the blue line five-on-five.

Bergeron has two goals and eight points and is minus-3 in 13 games with Norfolk, and had a breakout game Friday with two power-play goals, including the winner in a 4-3 victory over Binghamton.

That said, the loss of Lundin, even if it is for one game, will hurt Tampa Bay. Lundin is one of the Lightning's smartest and best overall defensemen, faces top lines and averages 20:31 of ice time. He said he was hurt on what seemed at the time to be a simple check into the boards that apparently "jarred" something.

Here is the announcement from the team about Bergeron:

he Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Bergeron, 5-foot-9, 198 pounds, has played in 13 games with the Admirals this season, posting two goals and eight points after being signed as a free agent on January 4. He played in 60 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording 13 goals and 34 points. He led all Montreal defensemen in goals and was tied for the lead in points. Bergeron was tied for the team lead for game-winning goals with four and third for power play goals with seven. He was tied for ninth in the NHL for goals among defensemen. Bergeron also played in three games with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, notching six assists.

A native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Bergeron has played in 399 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and the Canadiens. He has amassed 75 goals, 43 power play goals and 194 points. During the previous two seasons the offensive defenseman has ranked tied for fourth in the NHL among defensemen in goals with 27 and fifth for goals per game with .205. Bergeron has eclipsed the 10-goal barrier on three occasions since the 2005-06 season (2005-06, 15; 2008-09, 14; 2009-10, 13). Bergeron has also played in 43 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording five goals and 12 points, including 19 games last season with Montreal.

Bergeron was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oilers on July 20, 2001.

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 12:15am]

    

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