Bergeron Nets Two Goals In Game No. 1,000 Including An Empty-Netter On An Extremely Classy Assist By Pastrnak
The Bruins (29-17-7) defeated the New York Islanders (30-16-6) 3-1 last night in alternate captain Patrice Bergeron's 1000th career NHL game (all with Boston).
Bergeron opened the scoring with a goal just 2:32 into the second period on assists from linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak:
Before ending the scoring on an empty-netter in the third, also assisted by Marchand and Pastrnak, but notably Pastrnak:
Talk about the respect from one linemate to another. I'm sure Bergeron was fine with just the one goal. But Pasta gives him a freebie right there. Why not on Bergy's big night? The chance was golden and Pasta wasn't about to let it go by.
Like Bruins play-by-play announcer said following moments after the empty-netter, this line just loves each other!
Peter Cehlarik broke a 1-1 tie 6:34 into the third period with the game-winner, his third goal in seven games since being recalled from Providence.
A key moment in the game was when the Bruins were able to kill off four minutes of short-handed play and preserve their one-goal lead after Matt Grzelcyk got called for a double-minor (tripping, slashing) with 8:19 left in the third.
Overall, I think I speak for all Boston sports fans when I say it's been a privilege seeing Bergeron play for years and years. In this town, we the fans have been truly blessed to see some really special athletes perform in recent memory. David Ortiz, Paul Pierce, Tom Brady, Manny Ramirez, Tim Thomas, Pedro Martinez... Patrice Bergeron is part of that category as much as anyone else. He's a total winner and an embodiment of what it means to play in Boston.
Congratulations on 1,000 games, Bergeron!