Bruins honour Bergeron with ceremony for 1,000th game

Winslow Townson | AP

Winslow Townson | AP

Then, in the locker room after a 5-4 victory, his longtime line-mate Brad Marchand likened Bergeron to a higher power.

A reporter asked Marchand if "pro" was the word that came to mind when he thought of the center.

And after a scoreless first period, Bergeron made sure the start to the second period was enough for the Bruins, too, as he came through with the slick dish to Charlie McAvoy for the Black and Gold's first goal, 4:38 into the frame. Three days after they dropped a 4-3 shootout to the New York Rangers despite holding a two-goal lead in the third period the Bruins grabbed a two-goal lead in the third against the Kings and then let Los Angeles tie the score to force overtime.

The Boston Bruins have played quite a bit of overtime games recently. Krejci converted from the right circle just 90 seconds later, and Marchand shoveled home Bergeron's goal-mouth feed for his 20th goal at the 6:49 mark.

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During a video tribute before the Bruins faced the Los Angeles Kings, a collection of Boston stars from across the sports world congratulated the 33-year-old for playing in his 1,000 career game with the Bruins. That night he had two goals in a 3-1 win.

Bucyk presented Bergeron with a crystal bowl on behalf of the National Hockey League. Even former Bruins coach Claude Julien, now the bench boss for the rival Montreal Canadiens, appeared. Bergeron now sits fifth all-time in games played (1,002), sixth in goals (309), seventh in assists (475) and points (784).

The alternate captain is now on a hot streak, as he has collected four goals and two assists in his last three games.

After the game, NESN's Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley caught up with Patrice Bergeron to talk about the big win.

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If anyone on the Bruins is God, it's Bergeron.

Trailing 1-0 midway into the second period, the Kings scored twice in just under six minutes to move ahead.

"Yeah, I mean confidence is a amusing thing, but felt good tonight and yeah, I think you automatically get a little bit of confidence when you see them going in", he said. "So yeah, I'm going to try to build off of it, keep on working, and yeah build off it".

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