A historic night for Patrice Bergeron
Very few nights will ever top this in Patrice Bergeron’s hockey career. Sure, winning the Stanley Cup, two Olympic gold medals, a few Selke Awards, and a World Cup probably occupy the top spots, but this one will in his memory banks forever.
Bergeron scored two goals in each of the first two periods to become the 16th Bruin, and the first since Dave Andreychuck in 1999, to score four goals in a single game while also notching an assist to pace the Bruins to a 7-1 rout over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
To make things a bit sweeter, Bergeron collected his 700th career point on his second goal.
“I was 16 years old I think,” Bergeron said of his last four-goal game. “So it’s been a while.”
Well, it didn’t take a while for Bergeron to get on the scoreboard. A little more than three minutes into the game, and with David Krejci off for high-sticking, Bergeron ripped a wrist shot by Cam Ward’s glove on a shorthanded two-on-one break with Brad Marchand to put Boston up 1-0.
Bergeron was just getting warmed up. About halfway through the period, with the B’s on the power play leading 2-1, Bergeron whipped a beautiful cross-ice pass through the seam to an awaiting David Pastrnak, who fired it home for his 16th goal of the year and first in 10 games.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first, Bergeron struck again. Marchand would step out from just behind the goal line and find an awaiting Bergeron near the top of the near faceoff circle. Bergeron’s one-timer beat Scott Darling — who replaced Ward earlier in the stanza — cleanly over the blocker side to give the Bruins a 5-1 lead.
“I think it was one of those nights where the puck was going in but also I was finding that slot,” Bergeron said. “It seemed like it was open and Brad [Marchand] kept finding me there. He was doing a good job of making those plays. It seemed like I had a lane so I tried to take it.”
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Things got even better early in the second period. A deflected Marchand shot bounced right to Bergeron, who, thanks to an out-of-position Darling, had a gaping net in front of him. Bergeron slammed it home and soon after, the TD Garden ice became littered with hats.
It was Bergeron’s second career hat trick, the first coming against Ottawa back on Jan. 11, 2011.
Marchand found Bergeron again at 10:45 of the second to give the Bruins a 7-1 cushion. Bergeron’s fourth goal and fifth point both matched single-game franchise records.
There were a few opportunities to grab another goal in the final 20 minutes. Bergeron registered two more shots on net, but both were turned aside by Darling.
Bergeron didn’t seem to care. For him, it was all about finishing the game.
“No I wasn’t,” Bergeron said about eying goal No. 5 of the evening. “I was trying to play the game, I guess everything was falling in place and it was halfway through the game I had four, so… I didn’t know what to expect for the next half of the game. Once you get a big lead like that you play kind of a different way and it wasn’t the same.”
On Thursday, Winter Storm Grayson struck New England leaving near whiteout conditions and forced the Bruins to postpone their matchup with the Florida Panthers. On Saturday, Winter Storm Patrice struck the Garden and sent the Bruins faithful home with a night to remember.
It was fitting that it came against a team called the Hurricanes.