January 11, 2011

Bergeron's hat trick helps B's blow out Sens

by Jesse Connolly

Patrice Bergeron grabs one of the many hats thrown onto the TD Garden ice. (Getty)

BOSTON -- With 5:53 left in the second period and hats raining down from the seats at TD Garden, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron thought he had the first hat trick of his NHL career.

And while the goal was initially credited to No. 37, Brad Marchand was deemed to have touched the puck last before it made its way by Senators netminder Brian Elliott, taking away Bergeron's milestone moment in the process.

Luckily, it was only gone for less than 11 minutes.

"I don't know, I guess the second one cause it's a real one," Bergeron said when asked which hat trick he enjoyed more, as he buried his actual third goal at the 5:04 mark of the third period, a tally that gave the B's a 6-0 lead.

As expected, the ever-humble forward was most happy about the team's decisive victory.

"Everyone did a great job today," Bergeron said. "All the lines were going and we were really moving our feet well. The forcheck was great and it showed. Puck possession time was pretty good all night and it helped a lot."

It was a big game for the B's, who needed a strong followup to their 4-2 comeback win over the Penguins just 24-hours prior.

"Yeah, for sure," said Bergeron when asked if he thought the team turned in a 60-minute effort.

"We've talked about it, after the game in Pittsburgh last night, to just carry what happened in the last three minutes over to tonight. I think we did that and that's what we need."

As for the importance of his own accomplishment, hat tricks aren't something that cross Bergeron's mind too often.

"To be honest, I never really thought about it," he said. "I'm not always thinking about those kind of individual goals, but it's nice to get it out of the way."

Bergeron , however, can't dismiss the fact that he's playing like a man possessed of late. The veteran pivot now has five goals and two assists in his last three contests and a total of 17 points in the past 13 games.

"I just think our forechecks been a lot better," he said. "I thought we were doing good things before, just the puck wasn't going in and now it is. Obviously you'll take it and go with it. This stretch here before the All Star break, we obviously want to get some wins."

If Bergeron can remain on this roll until that day rolls around, the W's should be piling up in no time for the B's.