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Oct 28, 2019, 2:46:00 PM

Bergeron stars for Bruins

Patrice Bergeron was the hero for the Boston Bruins on Sunday night as he collected the fifth hat trick of his NHL career to help his team win 7-4 against the New York Rangers.

The Bruins went into the game as favourites with sports betting companies, and they justified that rating with an excellent attacking performance in which Bergeron led the way to a 13-point night for the Bruins’ top line against their Eastern Conference rivals.

Brad Marchand chipped in with two goals and three assists, taking his point-scoring streak to 10 matches, while David Pastrňák was also involved in the action, contributing five assists to bring up a nine-game point-streak – he has now taken the lead at the top of the NHL points charts with 23.

Speaking after the game, Marchand said that the partnership between the three top-line stars for Boston was working well and they were in good form:

“I think it’s a combination, we’re getting good bounces and [Pastrňák] and [Bergeron] are so dangerous all the time. Right now, we’re confident each night and we’re just kind of rolling it over into the next game. Hopefully, it continues.”

For the Bruins, there were also goals from Charlie Coyle and Zdeno Chára, while Jaroslav Halák contributed 25 saves to help the team to a third win in a row, bringing up an impressive 5-0-2 record in their last seven outings – a run that has taken them to second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Rangers, by contrast, are already way off the pace in the Metropolitan Division, where they are now one place off Detroit, who are in the bottom spot.

Michael Haley, Pavel Buchnevich, Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei were all among the goals for New York, who now have a 3-5-1 record, while Henrik Lundqvist had a tough night, conceding four goals in 31 shots in the second period before being replaced by Alexandar Georgiev.

The Rangers also suffered an injury blow when leading scorer Mika Zibanejad, in his 500th NHL outing, sustained upper-body damage after a hit by Bergeron with under three minutes left in the third period.

Zibanejad didn’t take part in the rest of the game, and his injury is currently being assessed, though coach David Quinn said that his injury was not the reason for the loss, and suggested that some of his players needed to learn to handle adversity and battle through setbacks.

Words: Josh DIxon

Images: PA