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Bruins 7, Hurricanes 1: Patrice Bergeron scores 4 goals in rout

Ty Anderson
January 06, 2018 - 11:04 pm

Patrice Bergeron, whose voice was a postgame struggle thanks to the cold he's battling through, and the Bruins clearly did not like trading their sticks for shovels.

Back in game action after inclement weather put the B’s hot streak on hold by way of a postponement on Thursday, the Bruins made quick work of the Hurricanes’ Cam Ward, with two goals on two shots in the opening 5:43, and then somehow made reliever Scott Darling even worse in a 7-1 demolition of the Hurricanes at TD Garden.

Even when a Jordan Staal power-play goal brought the Hurricanes within striking distance, three goals in a 5:30 span -- a power-play tally from David Pastrnak and markers from Jake DeBrusk and Bergeron -- confirmed that the Hurricanes were going to run out of goalies before they found comfort in the Garden crease.

At one point in their utterly absurd five-goal period (their first since Jan. 13, 2011 against the Flyers, a 7-5 win for the Bruins), the Bruins had five goals on just seven shots. And they finished the opening frame outshot 12-to-8, but with a four-goal lead.

“We are healthy again; guys are excited to play,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of his team’s quick start despite a four-day layoff from game action. “I thought we would be fine in that regard. It was just a matter of, hey you have got a team that is coming in here playing well – are we going to have our legs for 60 minutes, and we did.”

But rather than focus on their defensive game for the remaining two periods, Bergeron and the Bruins continued to pour it on the second period. And it was No. 37 that came through with two goals in 5:09, good for the first four-goal game of his career.

In fact, it was the first four-goal game by any Bruin since Dave Andreychuk accomplished the feat on Oct. 28, 1999, and made Bergeron just the 16th player in B’s history to score four goals in one game. And because this was a night of milestones, it was only fitting that Bergeron also recorded the 700th point of his career on this night.

This was a Globetrotters game and the Hurricanes were the Generals’ low-minor affiliate. This was playing NHL 18 against a dead controller and with any and all batteries thrown in the garbage. This was stepping outside your door this weekend.  

This was… just another day at the office for a player that never fails to impress.

Bergeron's production almost seemed normal, really. He was consistently in the right spot at the right time, and made it happen with the shot he's made so famous, both to the coaching staff and opposition alike. 

"High percentage shots," said Cassidy. "It’s just amazing to watch Bergy get a shot off from there. If you are at Warrior enough, you will see him working on it every morning skate – getting that quick release. Usually Jay [Pandolfo] is out there feeding him pucks, or Joe [Sacco]. He had four; he might have been able to have six, too.

"He had some really quality looks."

“It’s definitely up there,” Brad Marchand, who had a career-high four assists in the win, said when if this is the most impressed he’s been with Bergeron. “But you know I think the Olympics, winning the Cup, and him being Patrice Bergeron is above that.”

What’s more impressive than Bergeron, however, is a Bruins team that’s finding its stride at the perfect moment. With tonight’s victory, the Bruins are now riding a 10-game point streak (8-0-2), which is now their longest since a 15-0-1 run back in 2014. They’ve also captured wins in 17 of their last 22 games, and have outscored their opponents 78-to-40 over that stretch for a league-best plus-38 goal differential.

And the Bruins are doing this while finding ways to rest their stars -- like Pastrnak, Marchand, Chara, and, yes, Bergeron -- on a fairly regular basis.

With the game by all means decided after 20 minutes, Bergeron was able to finish the night with a mild 14:18 of time on ice, and no B’s forward skated more than David Krejci’s 16:53. In fact, Krejci was one of just three Boston forwards to skate over 15 minutes in the winning effort, joining fourth-liners Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari.

It's the easiest way for the B's to max their regular-season production out of their stars, and tonight epitomized that, with Bergeron posting four goals and five points in just 14:18 and 19 shifts. 

“It seems like there’s no easy games in this league, but lately we have been able to extend some leads,” Cassidy acknowledged. “Again, one of those games back-to-back, we didn’t have to tax anybody. I don’t have the sheet in front of me, but I know the forwards probably – 14, 15 minutes the most for the highest forward tonight. It is always good, especially in situations like this when we have to play again tomorrow.”

Bergeron and the B’s will look to keep it rolling tomorrow night against the Penguins.

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