Patrice Bergeron nets game-winner for Bruins to cap off celebration

Ruben Hill
February 12, 2019

He collected the game-winner off the power play in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon after being celebrated for playing over 1,000 games in his 15-year career.

Bucyk presented Bergeron with a crystal bowl on behalf of the National Hockey League. If you haven't seen the entire video, it's worth a watch below to see the love, appreciation and admiration heaped on the gentlemanly Bergeron from so many people that played with or against him. Kopitar's one-timer from the right circle beat Rask to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead with 5:58 remaining in the second period.

The Bruins then took their two-goal lead when Marchand converted a flawless pass from Bergeron for a short-handed goal at the end of a 2-on-1 break.

"We worked hard to get the 2-1 lead and we kind of feel asleep there", Los Angeles forward Brendan Leipsic said. Bergeron accepted a feed from Heinen deep in the left circle and alertly wired a no-look goal-mouth pass to McAvoy, who tapped the puck into the open net at 4:38 of the second period.

Quick made a couple of nice stops late in the scoreless first. The others are Hall of Famers Ray Bourque and John Bucyk along with current GM Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman.

The rest of the second period saw this game flipped on its head, though, as the Kings straight-up dominated and outworked the Bruins in all three zones.

On Tuesday, he became the fifth player in Bruins' history to play 1,000 games with the team. The teams meet again in Los Angeles on February 16. Given the way the Bruins looked completely lost following the Iafallo game-tying goal, and with d-zone mistakes galore, their chances hardly seemed promising, especially when you consider Boston's weird struggles against subpar competition.

Boston made Los Angeles pay for Ilya Kovalchuk's tripping penalty in overtime as Bergeron wired a shot from the right circle that sailed inside the far post. The Celtics were set to host the Clippers Saturday night. Loud chants of "Beat LA!" echoed around the building after Boston tied it in the third.

The Bruins conclude the rare home back-to-back with a Sunday visit from the Colorado Avalanche.

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