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Bergeron Paces Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The hats started raining on to the ice at the TD Garden at the 14:07 mark of the second period when, at first glance, it appeared that Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron had netted his first career hat trick.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron raises his arm after his second goal of the NHL hockey game off Ottawa Senators Brian Elliott, during the second period in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
But after a long look at the video, it was concluded that a shot off the stick of Bergeron’s linemate Brad Marchand had deflected off a Senators player's skate and into the net, not Bergeron’s, and the goal was subsequently awarded to Marchand.

Hatless fans at the TD Garden may have been disappointed that they had seemingly thrown their head gear onto the ice for no official reason, but Bergeron made it up to the sold out crowd of 17,565 with his third goal of the night -- his first three goal game in the NHL -- at 5:04 of the third period. 

“Bergy and I were joking after the game," said Marchand, who assisted on Bergeron's first tally. "We didn’t think any fan was going to leave tonight with a hat on their head.

"But it is great for Bergy. he deserved that.

“He is pretty persistent. It was fate and he was due to get one,” he said.

Bergeron talked about his teammates' reaction to his "first" hat trick.

“It was funny, because, after the second, everyone was congratulating me about the hat trick, “ Bergeron said, postgame. “Then it came back and, you know, ‘Hey it’s not yours, it’s Marchy’s’, and everyone was saying that ‘It’s only your first one?’, since I’ve played.

"So, I guess I wanted to get the last goal.”

Bergeron, who leads the Bruins in scoring with 13-19-32 totals, is currently enjoying a four-game points streak. 

“I’m trying to bring as much as I can for our team to win," said Bergeron. "Now we have a [tough] stretch here before the All-Star break, you know, and we obviously want to get some points."

And the B's will attempt to carry that momentum into Thursday night's game versus the East-leading Philadelphia Flyers.

“I think it’s about staying on the puck, and not quitting," said Bergeron. "You’re going to get some results when you stay out there and you move your feet, and keep putting pressure.”

Bergeron, a B's assistant captain, is a leader on-and-off the ice and is respected by his fellow teammates, who often look to him for quiet guidance. 

“I think he’s a leader by example. That’s the way Bergy is," forward Blake Wheeler said of Bergeron's work with the B's youngest players.

“He’s not very outspoken. He’s not the loudest guy in the room, but he’s the guy that night in and night [that] you know what you’re going to get from him and that’s a pretty special thing to have for 83 games.

"You don’t really see many peaks or valleys with that’s why he’s one of the top players in the game and that’s why we look to him every night to do what he does,” he said.

---Hannah Becker
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