Brad Marchand calls Patrice Bergeron ‘God’ after Bruins beat Kings

Matt Kalman
February 09, 2019 - 5:26 pm

Patrice Bergeron had just capped another one of the magical games that have defined his 16 years in the Bruins’ organization with an overtime goal to give the Bruins a 5-4 win against Los Angeles at TD Garden on Saturday when linemate Brad Marchand was asked if the word ‘pro’ best defined his center.

“Yeah, or God, one of the two,” said Marchand, who’s been skating to Bergeron’s left almost exclusively since 2010. “He’s the ultimate pro the way he conducts himself, prepares himself each and every day and show up consistently in the big moments.

“He continues to prove himself, so yeah pro is a great word, but I think God’s a little more fitting.”

The Bruins’ God had to come through with extra-time heroics because the Bruins were back to their old habit of squandering leads. Three days after they dropped a 4-3 shootout to the New York Rangers despite holding a two-goal lead in the third period the Bruins grabbed a two-goal lead in the third against the Kings and then let Los Angeles tie the score to force overtime.

In the extra session, Tuukka Rask stopped an Adrian Kempe breakaway to keep the game alive, and then David Pastrnak drew a tripping penalty on Ilya Kovalchuk to send the Bruins on a power play.

Torey Krug set up Bergeron for the game-winning goal, which came from near the right faceoff dot.

The night started with a short ceremony to honor Bergeron for his 1,000th game, which he played Tuesday against the New York Islanders. That night he had two goals in a 3-1 win.

Congratulatory videos were shown from teammates past and present, and opponents from the around the NHL, including Sidney Crosby and Shea Weber. Even former Bruins coach Claude Julien, now the bench boss for the rival Montreal Canadiens, appeared. Bergeron, who had two assists in the game to go along with his clutch goal, received gifts from his current teammates and the Bruins’ front office.

Then Bergeron, an alternate captain since 2005, reciprocated the gift by earning the Bruins the extra point in the standings and extending their points streak to six games (3-0-3).

“To get the win was very special," Bergeron said. "That’s what I said on the bench, just we’ve got to find a way, and we did. Obviously we’ll take, I guess, that bounce getting the power play in overtime. But we stuck with it and got it done.”

If anyone on the Bruins is God, it’s Bergeron.

Heinen helps out

Danton Heinen’s first full game in a while on the first line with Bergeron and Marchand couldn’t have gone much better. Heinen had one goal and one assist in 15:01 of ice time.

Heinen also scored against the Rangers on Wednesday after he was moved up in the lineup in the second period. He seems to be overflowing with confidence.

“Yeah, I mean confidence is a funny thing, but felt good tonight and yeah, I think you automatically get a little bit of confidence when you see them going in,” he said. “So yeah, I’m going to try to build off of it, keep on working, and yeah build off it.”

Loose pucks

Charlie McAvoy scored his second goal of the season and first in 23 games. … Pastrnak has a seven-game point streak with four goals and seven assists in that span. … The Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at 3 p.m., in the second half of a rare home back-to-back with each game being a matinee.

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