It was a very special day in Boston on Tuesday as the New England Patriots celebrate their historic run on the duck boats and then later that night they continue the celebration in the Garden.
The Patriots were welcomed into the TD Garden to celebrate by watching Patrice Bergeron’s 1000th game, all in a Bruins uniform. He joins an exclusive club with Bruins greats such as Ray Bourque, John Bucyk, Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman by playing in 1000 games in the black and gold. As Edelman spiked the ceremonial puck drop Bergeron took the “draw” instead of the captain Zdeno Chara.
The Garden was rocking in this game but there really wasn’t a lot of offensive production by either team. Barry Trotz’s Islanders give up the fewest amount of goals per game but struggle to score them. They once again had trouble against the Bruins.
The number one star of the night is none other than Patrice Bergeron who tallied 2 goals on this game, one courtesy of a classy David Pastrnak pass to Bergeron for the empty netter. As always though for his first goal he was in the right place at the right time by tapping a puck past Robin Lehner. Right after he scored his linemate and good friend Brad Marchand went and grabbed the puck for Bergy’s collection.
The biggest point in the game, however, came on a coaches challenge by Bruce Cassidy. The Islanders scored a pretty gross goal by Rask if I’m going to be honest but, upon replay, it was clear the play was offsides. Great challenge by Cassidy and company to keep the score tied in the third period.
Shortly after Peter Cehlarik gave the Bruins the lead. The second line had a good game and it’s nice to see them put one in the back of the net since this is the only combination that’s been working as of late. The young rookie forward pushed his way to the net and was able to track a rebound off of a Kevan Miller bomb. The big winger now has 3 goals and it’s his first since his first 2 in his first stint with the team before the break. The 6 foot 2 winger has looked better than anybody else on that line with Debrusk and Krejci. They had the cycle game going and had the defense involved as well and that’s how they earned the game-winning goal of the night. If he can keep it going then the Bruins might have found their “in-house” candidate for that 2nd line winger position.
At the end of the game, it was special to see how the team reacted to Bergeron. You can really see how much he means to this team and to the city, as they announced the stars of the game he got a huge ovation and something really special was when Chara gave him a bear hug. He lifted him off the ice and gave him a pretty big squeeze. Pretty cool to see how much they each care about each other.