BOSTON -- Brad Marchand has never hidden his love for his longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron.
The two have become close friends as well as teammates over the last eight years skating together on the same line, so it’s no surprise that No. 63 was front and center during Saturday’s pregame ceremony honoring Bergeron for his 1,000 NHL game played earlier this week.
Marchand scored a shorthanded goal in Boston’s 5-4 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings as well, and had a front row seat to Bergeron netting the game-winner in overtime mere hours after he’d celebrated on the ice with his family. It was Bergeron’s 20th goal of the season and marks the 10th time in his 15-year-old NHL career that he has eclipsed the 20-goal plateau in the regular season.
So it’s not surprising that Marchand had the highest of reverence for Bergeron following the game after once again watching the storybook heroics that No. 37 seems to make look routine.
Marchand was asked following the win if “pro” was the word he would think of to describe Bergeron, and the Nose Face Killah took it at least three steps further.
“Yeah, or God. One of the two,” said Marchand to laughter from the assorted media. “No, he is. He’s the ultimate pro, the way he conducts himself and prepares himself each and every day and shows up consistently and in the big moments continues to prove himself. So, yeah, ‘pro’ is a great word, but I think God is a little more fitting.”
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Marchand has called Bergeron perfect and referred to him as Superman in the past, so clearly the B's left winger upped his game for his linemate's ceremony.
Clearly Marchand had some kind of religious experience watching Bergeron net the top corner goal for the game-winner in Saturday’s overtime winner, or he just confirmed that No. 37 truly is Boston’s hockey lord and savior. That would be up to each and every Bruins fan to ultimately decide for themselves, but there’s no denying on Saturday that Bergeron did add another chapter to a remarkably clutch and productive career.
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