- It was if Patrice Bergeron
simply wouldn't allow his Bruins to finish their longest road trip of the season on a down beat.
After Erik Karlsson put the Senators ahead 1-0 just 1:10 into the contest, Bergeron tied the game with his 18th of the campaign less than three minutes later.
Bergeron then assisted on Brad Marchand
's go-ahead goal and cemented the clubs win with an unassisted empty-net goal at 19:41 of the third period to end a late surge by Ottawa.
"Yeah, I thought it was real important," said Bergeron to the B's response to the Sens early goal. "It’s a team that’s going to make you pay if you get caught too deep in the O zone and they have a lot of speed and a lot of skill.
"I think we responded right away and answered the bell, and obviously we got the momentum back right away and that was huge."
Bergeron's statistical line was huge. At 19:29, the B's alternate captain led all Boston forwards in ice time, was 2-1-3 on the night and took a game-high nine shots while playing on the Black & Gold's power play and penalty kill units.
Asked if he and captain Zdeno Chara
's (22:54, 0-2-2, 6 shots, fight) efforts on the evening were indicative of an purposeful attempt for the B's leadership to step up their game, Bergeron said, "Yeah. It was really important.
"As leaders we need to step up. I say that a lot, everyone needs to do it but, obviously, as leaders, you need to show the way, lead the way," he explained. "Zee obviously did that, and he stepped up for Johnny (Boychuk, felled by a hard hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil) with that fight.
"It goes a long way and we’re aware of that and we’re trying to help as much as I can."
Bergeron and Chara's efforts made a distinct difference as the B's garnered a possible five of six points in the final three games of the lengthy swing through North America.
" I think so," was Bergeron's answer when asked if the B's were getting back on track.
" I think we’re heading in the right direction and there’s always room for improvement," he added. "I think tonight we improved, and we got better and I’m really pleased with the effort, but obviously we can’t be satisfied.
"We have to keep going."