Patrice Bergeron has mixed feelings about not getting the All-Star Game berth many believe he richly deserves. He said yesterday he would have liked to make his first All-Star appearance, but also knows how valuable a three-day break will be as the busiest portion of the season looms.

"I was happy for Segs (forward Tyler Seguin) and obviously Z (defenseman Zdeno Chara) and (goalie) Timmy (Thomas)," Bergeron said of the B's three All-Stars before last night's 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. "You know what? It doesn't really matter. Last year, the reason we won was because we were playing as a team, and no one was worried about the individual stuff. It's the same thing this year. At the end of the day, it's all about the team.

"It's going to be nice to have the time off. It would have been my first time, so it would have been nice. But if you look at the schedule in February and March, that time off is going to be huge."