Harris: Bittersweet milestone for Patrice Bergeron in loss to Capitals

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Maybe under Patrice Bergeron Jerseys different circumstances Patrice Bergeron would have had more to say about the career milestone he attained last night at the Garden.

It was, after all, a rather significant entry on his resume: Passing Bobby Orr for eighth place on the Bruins’ all-time goal-scoring list.

Bergeron claimed he didn’t know about the milestone after his two goals did little to prevent the Bruins’ latest loss to the Washington Capitals, 5-3.

“I didn’t even know that,” said Bergeron, who registered career goal Nos. 265 and 266 to break a tie with Orr. To be fair to Orr, his total came in 631 games while Bergeron took 923 games.

“I have got a lot of respect for Mr. Orr,” said Bergeron. “(But) it’s not something I’m really worrying about. (He is) a legend, so it’s nice. But I just learned that. So it’s no different than any other thing. I don’t really worry about that stuff.”

Of course, one of the reasons Patrice Bergeron is who he is — a highly respected player in the NHL — is precisely because he doesn’t put much thought into personal accomplishments. It’s not true of every hockey player — far from it. But he is one guy who places the success of the team far above any personal goals.

So it was tough to get too excited about climbing the career goals list (Wayne Cashman is next with 277), when the Bruins once again fell short against goalie Braden Holtby and the Capitals. The Caps have beaten the B’s 11 successive times, and their star goaltender is 13-2-0 against them.

Bergeron doesn’t accept the notion that the long losing streak, dating back to March 29, 2014, is intimidating his team.

“No,” he said. “I mean, at some point you jerseys wholesale online definitely want to get it over with and win those games. But it’s not something that I was necessarily thinking about before the game. It’s a team we want to beat and we have to beat. It’s big points and we know we haven’t been successful. We have to take it upon ourselves to be better.”

The Bruins knew they faced a tough challenge playing back-to-back games, against a rested Washington club. But according to Bergeron, the Bruins made it more difficult with their own undisciplined defensive play. The B’s allowed a couple of easy, wide-open, net-front tap-ins, and another score on a shorthanded breakaway.

“We knew we had to be good and smart — but we had a few breakdowns and the lack of discipline made us pay,” said Bergeron, who was especially unhappy that his team gave up a breakaway goal while on the power play for the second straight game.

“We’ve got to be better,” he said. “It’s on us. Sometimes I’ve talked about even (in) 5-on-5 (play), cheating a little bit on the offense — those plays where we’re cheating a little bit. Yes, you’re on the power play and you have the man advantage. But you still have to make those plays and keep it simple and take what’s there.

“We had a lot of chances (against) defensively, a lot of good looks. You can’t cheat that way. You have to still respect the game plan and play well in your zone. I think we got away from that a little bit and they’re going to make you pay.”

The Bruins’ younger defensemen had a rough night, including Brandon Carlo who was late to cover threats at the goalmouth. Bergeron hopes good lessons were learned.

“You can’t take away the simple game Boston Bruins Jerseys and the defensive game to the advantage of trying to score goals,” he said. “I think (we gave) a lot of looks and goals that could have been avoided by us playing the right way and respecting the game a little bit better. The chances (against) are going to be there if you don’t do that.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, without much good to talk about, was willing to give the final word about Bergeron’s milestone.

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