Bergeron scores OT victor to lift Bruins past Kings, 5-4

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 12, 2019

Bergeron was given a number of awards, including a couple of framed photos and paintings, a silver stick and an excellent tribute video with congratulations from past and present teammates such as Glenn Murray, Marco Sturm, Mark Recchi, Shawn Thornton, Adam McQuaid, Chris Kelly and Johnny Boychuk.

Paul Pierce, Julian Edelman, fresh off his Super Bowl victory with the Patriots, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz also joined in. "That's what I said on the bench - "We've got to find a way" - and we did".

The Black and Gold honored the four-time Selke Trophy victor before the game by awarding him a commemorative stick to mark the special occasion, along with a few paintings throughout his career.

The B's had a two goal lead in the third period only to give it away and Kings forced the overtime. Three days after they dropped a 4-3 shootout to the New York Rangers despite holding a two-goal lead in the third period the Bruins grabbed a two-goal lead in the third against the Kings and then let Los Angeles tie the score to force overtime. Bergeron accepted a feed from Heinen deep in the left circle and alertly wired a no-look goal-mouth pass to McAvoy, who tapped the puck into the open net at 4:38 of the second period.

Kopitar made it 2-1 when he one-timed a pass from Dustin Brown from the bottom of the right circle at 14:02. The best was when he came across the crease to block Peter Cehlarik's shot from the bottom of the right circle.

In the extra session, Tuukka Rask stopped an Adrian Kempe breakaway to keep the game alive, and then David Pastrnak drew a tripping penalty on Ilya Kovalchuk to send the Bruins on a power play. The others are Hall of Famers Ray Bourque and John Bucyk along with current GM Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman. Los Angeles played the fifth of a six-game trip; it was Boston's first of three straight at home before it heads west for a five-game trip. Their next chance to prove that comes tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. Given the way the Bruins looked completely lost following the Iafallo game-tying goal, and with d-zone mistakes galore, their chances hardly seemed promising, especially when you consider Boston's freaky struggles against subpar competition. Los Angeles C Jeff Carter missed his third straight with a lower-body injury. The Celtics were set to host the Clippers Saturday night. Loud chants of 'Beat LA!' echoed around the building after Boston tied it in the third.

NOTE: The Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche in another matinee Sunday afternoon.

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