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Bergeron Scores Four Goals, Bruins Crush Hurricanes 7-1

Patrice Bergeron scored four goals by the halfway point of the game as the Boston Bruins demolished the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1 at TD Garden on Saturday. Bergeron scored his first hat trick since 2011 in the win.

Bergeron got the Bruins rolling in the first period with a shorthanded goal off a nifty backhand feed from Brad Marchand. Riley Nash followed that up just 2 minutes, 39 seconds later with his fifth goal of the season.

Jordan Staal scored for the Hurricanes to make it 2-1 and it was all Bruins from there. David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, and Bergeron each scored to open up a 5-1 lead.

Patrice Bergeron: First Two Goals

Little did we know that Bergeron was only getting started with his first two tallies. No. 37 added two more scores in the second period to put the Bruins up 7-1, netting his first hat trick since Jan. 11, 2011 against the Ottawa Senators.

His third goal came when he glided into the slot area and buried a perfect bounce into a gaping net past a sprawled Scott Darling. Then, of course, hats rained down on the TD Garden ice.

Bergeron outdid himself five minutes later when he knocked home a short-side one-time on a nice tic-tac-toe play with himself, Marchand, and David Pastrnak:

Patrice Bergeron became the first Bruin to score four goals in a game since Dave Andreychuk accomplished the feat on Oct. 28, 1999 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thanks to the superlative effort, he's suddenly up to 16 goals and 31 points in 34 games on the season.

As a result of Bergeron's big night, Marchand scored a career-best four assists. Pastrnak added a goal and two assists. The Bruins are now 17-3-2 in their last 22 games.

-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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