David Pastrnak could've taken an empty-net goal, but figured it was Patrice Bergeron's night.
The Boston Bruins forward unselfishly teed up his linemate for an empty-net goal, the second of Bergeron's 1,000th NHL game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
With the net empty, Pastrnak took a pass from Brad Marchand in the Bruins offensive zone and appeared poised to score his 31st of the season. But Pastrnak dropped the puck to Bergeron, who was coming up from behind and put the puck in the goal.
"It means a lot to me," Bergeron said after the Bruins 3-1 win. "I was surprised. I saw him look a couple times. I was like 'oh he's going to drop [the puck],' but we were definitely alone, and I very much appreciate it."
Bergeron received a hero's ovation from fans, teammates and even some members of the Islanders when Boston acknowledged his milestone game early in the first period. He then broke a scoreless tie with his 17th goal of the season, which he scored from Pastrnak and Marchand at 2:32 of the second.
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NHL.com Correspondent Matt Kalman contributed reporting.