Patrice Bergeron has shown throughout his career that he’s not afraid of the big moment.
The Boston Bruins center has eclipsed the 30-goal mark just twice, but his biggest goals have come during the most crucial times. Here’s a compilation of the five best moments in Bergeron’s storied career.
No. 5: Bergeron’s first career hat trick (Jan. 11, 2011)
Bergeron’s first and only hat trick of his career came back in 2011 against the Ottawa Senators. His three goals helped propel the B’s to a 6-0 victory against their division rival.
No. 4: Overtime winner in rookie season (April 9, 2004)
It didn’t take Bergeron long to show the hockey world that he’s a clutch player. In Game 2 of the 2004 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens, Bergeron cashed in to give the Bruins a 2-0 series lead. The Bruins ended up losing the series in seven games, but received a sign of things to come from their rookie.
No. 3: Double-overtime winner against Penguins (June 5, 2013)
Coming into their Eastern Conference final series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Bruins were underdogs. But after stealing two games on the road, the B’s looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, and Bergeron made that happen when he scored in double-overtime of Game 3. The Bruins swept the series in the following game.
No. 2: Bergeron’s two goals in Bruins’ comeback against Maple Leafs (May 13, 2013)
The Bruins seemed dead in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs when they trailed 4-1 with just over 10 minutes to go. When goals from Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic closed the gap to 4-3, Bergeron scored with 51 seconds to go to send the game into overtime, where he scored once again to give the Bruins the game and the series.
No. 1: Bergeron’s two goals in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final (June 15, 2011)
Bergeron set the tone in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks when his goal gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first period. He later scored a shorthanded tally to give his team an insurance goal and a 3-0 lead during a crucial Vancouver power play. The B’s held on to win 4-0 and won the Stanley Cup.
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