Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin played the first shift of the second period like they were angrier than Bruce Banner about to turn into the Incredible Hulk. The puck-induced rage was there for good reason. Passionate emotion translated into points when Patrice Bergeron won a puck battle in the corner, and flipped a pass over to Andrew Ference manning the left point. The Bruins defenseman unloaded a blast at the net that Tyler Seguin managed to redirect in front of the net to Brad Marchand, and the B’s winger stuffed it past Evgeni Nabokov for his team-best 10th goal of the season. The second period score was also Marchand’s third game-winning goal this season in a decisive 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The three game-winning goals puts him among the most clutch players in the NHL this season, and pulls him into an NHL tie with some guys named Ilya Kovalchuk, Corey Perry, Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa when it comes to game-winning strikes. The Nose Face Killah might be leading the Bruins in goals scored and on a pace to score more than 20 in this shortened season, but he was lobbing credit to Bergeron for being the tireless engine that created the scoring play. “Bergy is incredible. We’re very fortunate to have him and we wouldn’t have won the Cup two years ago if we didn’t have him,” said Marchand. “It just seems that every night he’s on top of his game and he’s our best player. He really carries the play offensively and defensively. It’s an honor to play with him. “I’m playing with a team full of incredible players and great guys. I’m just feeding off of them.” So what got Bergeron and Co. buzzing around like perturbed hornets headed into the second period? Maybe it had something to do with the prideful two-way forward line allowing the Islanders fourth line to hang a goal up on them in the first period. The reigning Selke Trophy winner and B’s defensive demon almost never gets beaten on the back-check, but that’s exactly what happened to Bergeron on the play.
Vengeful Bergeron line gets game-winning results
NBC Sports Boston | Feb 27