After he scored into an empty-net in Carolina Feb. 17, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron joked that all he needed was there to be no goalie to break his goal drought that dated back to Nov. 21.
Well, last night in the Bruins’ 6-1 rout of Florida at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Bergeron scored again — this time with Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson doing his best to prevent the lamp from lighting up.
Just 48 seconds into the contest, Jay Bouwmeester’s cross-ice pass in the Panthers’ zone took an extra long bounce off the half-wall to Bergeron, he deked a couple of times and then beat Anderson with a forehand to the glove side. It was Bergeron’s first non-empty-net goal in 24 games.
“I thought things were doing better. And getting that empty-netter kind of gave me a little relief that I’m going to get some bounces once in awhile,” he said after the game. “And I’ve just got to make sure I take advantage of it. And tonight was another one. It was kind of a weird bounce off the boards. And I’ll take it.”
Bergeron said the bounce didn’t take him by surprise because the puck was already bouncing before it reached the wall. Then he took care of the rest.
“You don’t get too many chances like that in a game. And when you do, you’ve got to put them in the net. I was fortunate enough to do it,” he said.
Always a “team-first guy,” Bergeron was more impressed by his club’s victory than the fact that he scored a long-awaited goal.
“That’s what we needed. Coming back from that road trip, we needed a big effort here tonight. We did that. … And even though in the end of the first we were a little sloppy, we came back in the second and third by working hard,” he said.