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Bergeron is able to finish hat trick

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By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell
Globe Staff / January 12, 2011

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At 14:07 of the second period, Bruins fans at TD Garden began throwing their hats onto the ice in celebration of what they believed was Patrice Bergeron’s first career hat trick.

But further review revealed it was actually teammate Brad Marchand who scored. Marchand had the puck below the left circle and threw it toward the net for Bergeron, but it caromed off the skate of Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar and went into the net past goaltender Brian Elliott.

With how well the Bruins played in general, and Bergeron in particular, it seemed destined to be his night and it was. At 5:04 of the third period, Bergeron beat Mike Brodeur, who came on in relief of Elliott, and more hats cascaded to the ice.

“It’s always nice to get things like that when you win games,’’ said Bergeron, who has 13 goals this season.

Bergeron said after he initially didn’t get the hat trick, he felt a little pressure to make it happen if for no other reason than to reward those fans who donated their hats on Marchand’s goal.

“Now everyone is leaving the building with no hats on,’’ he said. “I wanted to get it because everyone threw their hats on the ice.’’

Bergeron’s performance has been reflective of his play in recent games. He has eight points in his last four games and 17 in his last 13 outings. He said there is chemistry with linemates Marchand and Mark Recchi.

“I just think our forecheck has been a lot better and we’re in synch as a line a little bit more,’’ he said. “I thought we were doing good things before, but the puck wasn’t going in and now it is. Obviously, you’ve got to take it and go with it.’’

The Bruins displayed a lot of energy despite playing the second game in as many nights, and Bergeron said he was trying to set the tone.

“I’m trying to bring as much as I can for our team to win and get some success as a team,’’ he said. “We have a stretch here before the All-Star break and we obviously want to get some wins. I’m trying to do that, I’m trying to get some momentum.

“Everyone did a great job [against Ottawa]. All the lines were going, we were all moving our feet well, our forecheck was great. It showed. Our puck possession time was pretty good all night and it helped a lot.’’

Bergeron didn’t have much doubt that he’d put in his second goal of the night, at 2:50 of the second period, even though it appeared it could’ve been Blake Wheeler’s, because both made contact.

“I’m pretty sure [it was mine],’’ said Bergeron. “I feel bad they gave it to me but I’m pretty sure I touched it. But Wheels thought he touched it, too.’’

Even though it took him more than 400 NHL games to secure his first hat trick, Bergeron said he wasn’t sweating it.

“To be honest, I never really thought about it,’’ he said. “I don’t really stop to think about those individual goals, but it’s always nice to have it out of the way.’’

Bergeron said he’s just enjoying being a Bruin.

“It means a lot,’’ he said. “There’s so much history behind the Bruins. It’s always great to see [John Bucyk] and [president Cam Neely] walking around the dressing room.

“I take a lot of pride in it and it’s a lot of fun and I’m very happy to be in Boston.’’

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at marrapese@globe.com.

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