The Boston Bruins is off to a historically good start to the season, and against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they won their 17th game out of 19 this season, and they’re now second-best in franchise and NHL history.
But it was also an evening to celebrate Patrice Bergeron, one of the All-Time greats in Boston. Before Monday’s contest, 93 players in NHL history had recorded 1,000 career points. Now, there are 94 of them. Patrice Bergeron became the fourth Boston player to reach the milestone as he got the second assist on Brad Marchand’s goal to give Bruins a 4-1 lead.
The Boston bench immediately emptied as all players jumped on the ice to celebrate with Bergeron, and even the home fans joined in the chants for ”Bergy.” But perhaps most special was his teammate and close friend Brad Marchand’s reaction.
As Marchand scored his goal, it took him a second to realize Bergeron had the second assist; he reacted in the purest and most wholesome way.
Marchand immediately pointed at Bergeron and swarmed him.
Afterward, Bergeron said the gratulations and joy from his teammates was the best thing of all.
“That was probably the most special thing about it,” Bergeron said. “All the guys kind of jump on and share that with them. It’s great. That’s something I will remember for a long time.”
Boston coach Jim Montgomery said Bergeron could probably have more points to his name if he ”cheated more.”
“I joked around the other day, I’m like, if he had any kind of cheat in his game he might have 1,200 points already, or 1,300. He’s just so dedicated to playing the game the right way and helping the team have success,” he said.