Call it a great performance. Call it the closest thing to hockey perfection you’re likely to find in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Whatever you want to call it, Patrice Bergeron was at the top of his game Monday night in Boston’s 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. The Bruins center scored a power-play goal on a silky smooth play down low with Czech trigger man Jaromir Jagr, amassed a team-high seven shots on net while making himself a steady presence in front of the net, and won an amazing 24-of-28 faceoffs.

To the naked eye, and to those who consider the scoresheet to be the ultimate judge of a player's performance, Bergeron was a Black and Gold boss.

That was clear to his 41-year-old, future Hall of Fame linemate.

“Everybody knows how good he is,” said Jagr. "[But] I’ve never really seen anybody be that hungry in the defensive zone . . . I see a lot of guys hungry the in offensive zone, [but] I think he even likes it more [in the defensive zone]

“He wants to win every battle on the boards, and he’s so responsible back there. Bergy makes it easy for me and [Brad Marchand].”

Bergeron did all of this while also holding Patrick Kane in check for a third straight game, demonstrating the truly high level of play he's displaying right now. Kane looked so shell-shocked in the second period that when a cross-ice pass from Brent Seabrook gave him a wide open shot at the Boston net from the left circle, and he tellingly hesitated before firing the puck into Tuukka Rask’s pads.

That tells you Bergeron and Co. are in the head of Chicago’s most dangerous sniper, and that the Bruins defense is effectively frustrating the Blackhawks players. In some ways, we’re seeing the same looks from their offensive players as we did in the Eastern Conference Finals, when the Penguins players couldn’t gain a foothold.