Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 04: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period at TD Garden on November 04, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron found the perfect spot to break out of a quiet start to the 2021-22 campaign.

It was an ‘old reliable’ kind of spot for Bergeron, too, as the B’s center notched three power-play goals (and all from his normal post on the Boston man advantage) and a fourth on the way to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Thursday night.


Bergeron’s hat trick was his seventh career hat trick, and first since a three-goal effort on Apr. 6, 2021 in Philly.

The 36-year-old Bergeron also became the fifth different player in team history to record a hat trick at age 36 or older, joining a club featuring Johnny Bucyk, Jean Ratelle, Dit Clapper, and Dave Andreychuk. (Bucyk, in case you’re wondering, scored six hat tricks beyond the age of 36. Just the absolute legend of legends.)

Bergeron’s hat trick was also the team’s 21st since the start of the 2016-17 season. That broke them out of a tie with the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets for the most in hockey over that span.

The Red Wings finally answered the Bergeron bonanza with a 5-on-3 goal that saw Lucas Raymond get them on the board with 12:14 remaining in the game. But the Bruins made sure that Detroit’s hope was crushed almost immediately when Mike Reilly buried a Curtis Lazar-created rebound through Thomas Greiss just 24 seconds after the Raymond marker.

That goal was Reilly’s first as a Bruin, and his first since Jan. 2020, some 170 shots plus and over 80 games ago.

In net, Jeremy Swayman did what he had to do in a relatively quiet night, with 14 saves on 15 shots faced. Swayman’s best effort came in the middle period with a high-quality save against the Red Wings’ Raymond all alone.

Bergeron was only the one putting up a four spot on this night, either, as Marchand came through with four assists (all primary helpers too!) by the night’s end, bringing his 2021-22 total up to 12 points in eight games.

The Bruins will have a Friday practice in Brighton before they head up to Toronto for a Saturday meeting with the Maple Leafs.

This will be the first head-to-head between the rivals since Nov. 15, 2019.

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