The Stat Line Of The Night — 1/11/11 — Patrice Bergeron
Headed into last night’s game, the Boston Bruins found themselves two points up on the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Northeast Division. With the Habs taking care of business against the New York Rangers, the Bruins needed to do the same at home against the Ottawa Senators in order to maintain that lead. They did just that, thanks in large part to a strong offensive effort from Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins’ center was on fire last night, scoring a goal in each of the game’s three periods as he recorded his first career hat-trick. Bergeron got things started for Boston just 3:33 into the game when he snapped home a Chris Campoli giveaway in front of the Sens’ net. Early in the second he took advantage of yet another Campoli miscue, stripping the Ottawa defenseman of the puck at the Bruins blue line before taking it to the other end and putting his second goal of the game past Brian Elliot. Fans thought Bergeron completed the hat-trick later on in the second period when it appeared as thought he had tipped in a Brad Marchand cross-crease pass, but the goal was credited to Marchand after replays showed his pass deflected off a Senators defenseman.
However, Bergeron wouldn’t let the fans down, completing his hat-trick 5:04 into the third period after exposing Campoli yet again before snapping home his 13th of the season to put the Bruins up 6-0. Despite his 13 goals and 19 assists on the season, Bergeron’s name was left off the All-Star game roster yesterday, but he will not go home empty handed after earning our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, January 11, 2011.