Patrice Bergeron heard all sorts of adulation on Saturday.
During a video tribute before the Bruins faced the Los Angeles Kings, a collection of Boston stars from across the sports world congratulated the 33-year-old for playing in his 1,000 career game with the Bruins. Then, in the locker room after a 5-4 victory, his longtime line-mate Brad Marchand likened Bergeron to a higher power.
A reporter asked Marchand if “pro” was the word that came to mind when he thought of the center.
“Yeah, or God, one of the two,” Marchand said, per NESN. “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.”
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Bergeron scored the game-winning, power-play goal with 2:26 left in overtime. The goal was his 20th tally of the season and capped a game in which he found Marchand for a shorthanded score in the first period, then delivered a beautiful no-look assist to Charlie McAvoy in the second.
“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.”
Bergeron earned every ounce of the pre- and post-game applause with his performance on the ice Saturday.