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Bergeron's hat trick, four-point game lead Bruins to win in home opener

Matt Kalman
October 08, 2018 - 5:31 pm

Preseason games are clearly for lesser mortals than Patrice Bergeron.

After registering his fourth career hat trick in the Bruins’ 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators in the home opener at TD Garden on Monday, Bergeron has six points (four goals, two assists) in three games this season.

Bergeron missed all of the preseason because back spasms slowed his recovery from offseason groin surgery. He only started practicing with the full Bruins squad the last couple days before the season opened in Washington last Wednesday.

“For him to miss the amount of time he missed this summer, and missing preseason, it’s incredible what he’s able to do,” said linemate Brad Marchand, who had three assists in the win.

Bergeron rounded out his four-point night with an assist on the first of David Pastrnak’s two goals. Bergeron made a backhand pass across the slot to the right post, where Pastrnak cashed in. That play impressed center David Backes.

The hat trick’s great, but that backhand pass, saucer, ends up on Pasta’s stick backdoor, I don’t get it. We might have a talk tonight and he can explain that to me,” Backes said.

Bergeron had two hat tricks, including a four-goal game, last January, giving him three hat tricks in the past 10 months.

“It’s one of those things that kind of is not necessarily part of my game or that you can see often," Bergeron said. "But they’re definitely nice to have and the third one was a real lucky bounce and great plays on the first two by Pasta and Marchy, so we’ll take it.”

Pastrnak had two assists to go with his two goals, and he and Bergeron became the first Bruins teammates to have at least four points each in a home opener. Charlie McAvoy matched a career-high with three assists.