Harris: Patrice Bergeron’s top line leads Bruins by example

Patrice Bergeron Men's Authentic Black Home Jersey - NHL #37 Boston Bruins
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Maybe some guys’ minds Boston Bruins Jerseys were partially on the three-day break that would begin after the game, but with the score deadlocked, 1-1, well into the third period there was a good deal of aimless play going on.

And then, suddenly, a quickly developing Bruins foray into the Detroit zone 6:11 into the third . . . a Brad Marchand pass from the right side to the left hashmark . . . and a laser from Patrice Bergeron past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard for the scoring play that would prove the game-winner in the streaking B’s 3-1 victory.

“It was more of a better shot than pass,” Marchand said. “He hit it in stride and really didn’t give the goalie a chance to get over there. A great shot by Bergy.”

Actually, it was a pretty great day for all of the No. 1 line. Marchand had a goal and two assists, David Pastrnak had two assists and Bergeron had a pair of goals, completing the win with a hard-working empty-net goal.

The B’s improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games and 13-3-1 in their last 17. In many of those victories, the headliners were youngsters like Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy; yesterday belonged to the veterans, led by Bergeron.

“We’ve talked about the young kids, and Cheap Jerseys rightfully so,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They’ve earned that. But our veterans, they’re the guys who were dialed in today. They’re our leaders. They’re definitely the ones who did the lions’ share of the work.”

Playing their seventh game in 11 days, the Bruins likely were running on fumes. But it’s amazing in sports how winning provides energy.

“It’s been a pretty busy schedule,” Bergeron said. “We knew it was going to come, because we hadn’t had that many games and we had a lot of games to catch up. We did a good job. We (knew) we were going to be able to settle down and rest for a few days at Christmas. Now we can do that. Everyone is contributing. We’ve had some guys going in and out of the lineup. (But) whoever has been called upon to have more responsibilities, they’ve done so. It’s been great. It’s been a fun ride. We’ve got to keep it going.

“I think the young guys are doing a tremendous job to be ready and do the job and help us win games. Hopefully, as older guys, we can help them be more comfortable and feeling better. We have a good mix. It’s been fun.”

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