The Bruins, on the other hand, are more than happy to see Bergeron filling the net.
Bergeron, a Selke Trophy winner who played a checking role on Canada's 2010 gold-medal team, scored two goals to snap a five-game drought and added an assist to lead the Bruins to a 7-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Saturday.
Boston boasted seven multipoint scorers and six different goal-scorers during its eighth win in 11 games (8-1-2).
"I just think the way that we stick to the game plan and the system," Bergeron said of the way his team finished up before the pre-Olympic portion of its schedule. "I think we got back to doing that in the last whatever 10, 11 games before the break. And really that's how we get our success is when we play to the system, we play with the little things right and we take what's in front of us. And also I think our depth helps us a lot. I think everyone's chipping in right now and buying in and it makes a difference."
"I think we wanted to finish on a good note and think everyone knew that we wanted to finish on a good note," Johnson said. "The guys from the start of the game right to the finish were dialed in, so it was good to see."
The Senators (26-22-11) have split four games with the Bruins this season, but have been outscored 12-2 in two losses at the Garden. Ottawa came in winners of two straight and had picked up a point in three straight before visiting Boston.
"We didn't bring our best tonight. I think that kind of showed on the scoreboard," Anderson said. "The good news is that it's just one game, it's a blip on the radar, and I think over the course of our last 20 or so games we have been really good, so it's a step in the right direction. This is one of those nights where we just have to let it go, forget about it, and move forward."
Bergeron's second goal of the game put the Bruins up 3-0 at 4:55 of the second period. It took some patience from Bergeron, who waited until Anderson committed to going down to his knees before tucking the puck into the net behind the goaltender.
Bobby Ryan got the Senators on the scoreboard at 17:15 after he led a 2-on-1 and beat Johnson with a snap shot through the five-hole.
"Things didn't go any way at all the way that we expected that they would go," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "The other team obviously showed that they were better prepared and better structured, which they are. They're one of the best teams in the East, and we've often said that we respect the way they play, and they certainly ... we probably owe them a couple of bucks for the clinic they put on today."
Bergeron scored a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 11:36 of the first period. He beat Anderson with a wrist shot to the glove side after a give-and-go play with Soderberg.
The Bruins also scored their second goal on a give-and-go, this time involving defenseman David Warsofsky and center Chris Kelly. After Kelly gained the Ottawa zone, he dished off to Warsofsky and drove to the net. Kelly then tipped Warsofsky's pass past Anderson at 16:26 for a 2-0 lead.
Boston hits the Olympic break first in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference. Some might consider it a tough time to have to take two weeks off.
"I mean, you can never control the schedule, right? So there's never a good way to approach these things," Bergeron said. "You've always got to go about your business, and whatever you can't control, you've just got to put it to the side and do your job. And that's the approach that we need to have. The guys that have the break, to rest and make sure they're ready when we get back. And for us going to Sochi, just keep obviously playing well and things will take care of itself."
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