BOSTON — It’s a play that could be called a one-in-a-million shot.
Well, maybe the odds aren’t that steep, but the play was still pretty high-stakes.
With the puck about to exit the Washington zone on a Boston Bruins power play, forward Patrice Bergeron dove forward and to his left to keep it in. Had he missed, the Capitals would’ve been off to the races on a shorthanded breakaway.
But Bergeron got it, got back to his feet and set up Marc Savard for the game-tying goal in the second period. Bergeron’s heroic play was just one of many contributions he and his fellow returnees made in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Capitals tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.
“You know, I went for it,” Bergeron said. “I knew it was kind of a risky play, but I mean, if you don’t try sometimes you don’t get any results, so it worked.”
Bergeron, playing for the first time since a concussion he suffered Dec. 20, said his timing was a little off, but he expected that. His adjustment to game speed also was hindered by his shift out to the wing for the first time since 2004. But it can only be a positive to play on a wing with Boston’s young stars — David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.
“Their vision is unbelievable,” Bergeron noted.
He logged 17:38 of ice time and won 67 percent of his faceoffs. He didn’t manage a hit or a shot on goal, but he risked a lot to make that one crucial offensive play.
Ference logged 18:43 and fired three shots on net. He said he felt fine physically when it was all said and done.
“Coach helped me out a lot,” said Ference, who was out since a broken foot suffered Nov. 13. “He slotted me in and gave me good ice and smart positions. He didn’t have me out there against Ovechkin trying to defend him. So it was a good first game back.”
Lucic, out since Jan. 6 with an upper-body ailment, logged 17:24 of ice time and threw four hits — a sign that he’s back in fine form.