Top 10 games No. 10: Bergeron leads Bruins past Ottawa

Bergeron/By S. Bradley

This post is part of a series looking back at the top 10 games of the Bruins’ 2010-11 regular season.

Entering the 2010-11 season, Patrice Bergeron was thinking about an offensive outburst, the likes of which Boston hadn’t seen for a few years since he suffered a severe concussion in October 2007.

With Ottawa in Boston for a game Jan. 11, however, Bergeron had scored just 10 goals in 41 games. That 20-goal pace changed in just one night.

In a 6-0 rout of the Senators, Bergeron recorded his first NHL hat trick, a game ranked No. 10 in the 2010-11 regular season by TheBruinsBlog.net.

Bergeron scored one goal in each period, starting with the game’s opening score 3:33 in. He finished the night with a plus-4 rating and won 12 of 18 draws in the Bruins’ demolition of the Sens.

David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin also enjoyed multi-point nights for the Bruins, but Bergeron was the star of the evening. Bergeron so took over the evening, he even was credited with a goal that was eventually changed to Marchand, despite the fact that Garden fans had already showered the ice with hats.

Just 5:04 into the third period, Bergeron made sure the hat tosses didn’t go to waste, as he cashed in off an Ottawa giveaway and a dish from his linemate Marchand.

Bergeron finished the season with 22 goals and 57 points. He didn’t quite meet his preseason predictions but he enjoyed his first NHL hat trick during the season the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. He probably wouldn’t trade that for any amount of more points on his ledger.

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