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Bergeron's first career four-goal game keeps Bruins' hot streak going

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Bergeron's first career four-goal game keeps Bruins' hot streak going

GOLD STAR: Patrice Bergeron. Patrice Bergeron. Patrice Bergeron. He finished with the first four-goal game of his career, totaled five points and had a plus-4 rating along with seven shots on net, 10 shot attempts and a 13-of-17 performance in the face-off circle in as close to perfection as you’re liable to get in an NHL game. It continues a recent tear that Bergeron has been on where he’s scored 11 goals and 13 points in his last 11 games. It’s just the second five-point game of his NHL career, and he’s the first Bruins player to notch four goals since Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk did it in his brief stay with the B’s back in 1999. The first goal was a piece of shorthanded magic off the rush, and then after that it was about setting No. 37 up for good scoring chances in the slot where he does so much of his damage these days. Hopefully that kind of performance is enough to put it over the top for him in the NHL All-Star game where he really belongs. 

BLACK EYE: The Carolina goaltending duo got a grand total of three mock cheers from the TD Garden crowd during a game where they combined to allow seven goals on just 28 shots on net. That means it was a pathetic night for both Cam Ward and for Scott Darling, and really showed that their goalie situation is not one of the strengths of the team despite Ward’s recent hot stretch. Ward was pulled after allowing goals on each of the first two shots he faced in the game as both beat him cleanly to the glove hand off the rush. First it was Bergeron on a shorthanded rush, and then it was Riley Nash on an admittedly scorched wrist shot directly under the bar. In all the Hurricanes goalies allowed five goals on the first seven shots they faced and gave the rest of their Carolina teammates zero chance of winning the game. 

TURNING POINT: The Hurricanes stormed back after falling behind 2-0, and actually scored early in the first period to halve Boston’s lead and potentially change the game’s momentum after Carolina had made the goalie change. But instead the Bruins answered with David Pastrnak hammering a one-timer on the power play less than two minutes later, and then scored two more goals for good measure in a first period where they never took their foot off the pedal. Clearly the final scored made it seems like it was blowout city and for the final 50 minutes of the game it most definitely was, but the Bruins did a good job of making plays and really going for the kill in the first 10 minutes of the game when it was still sort of competitive. If we’re being honest, though, the goaltending from Carolina was so bad that the Canes never had a chance. 

HONORABLE MENTION: Give it to David Pastrnak for snapping a 10-game goal scoring drought, and finished with a goal and three points in his best offensive performance in nearly a month. The 21-year-old smoked his best scoring chance from his spot at the left face-off dot, and maximized his time with the goal, the three points and the plus-3 rating in 13 minutes of ice time to go along with the five shot attempts as well. Perhaps best of all was Pastrnak’s animated reaction when Bergeron scored his third goal of the night and hats started raining down from the stands. Now all three members of the Perfection Line are tied for the team-lead with 16 goals on the season. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 8-0-2 – the Bruins record while riding a current 10-game point streak, their longest consecutive stretch of that kind since taking points in 16 straight games on their way to the President’s Trophy in 2013-14. 

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It’s pretty impressive. Seeing him have a game like this is definitely up there...but I think the Olympics, winning the Cup and him just being Patrice Bergeron might be above that." –Brad Marchand, on his linemate Patrice Bergeron scoring four goals for the first time in an illustrious NHL career that’s had some pretty high points.  

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

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Morning skate: Why BU's Dave Quinn is leaving for the Rangers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while not at all minding a Tampa/Vegas Stanley Cup Final, though I think Winnipeg still has a few cards up their sleeve to play.

*Boston University head hockey coach Dave Quinn will be the latest to jump from the college ranks to the NHL ranks as he’s headed to New York as the Rangers head coach. A tough call for Quinn, who could have stayed at BU as a lifetime gig, but the presence of people like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury and the high-profile nature of the Rangers gig certainly must have made it too difficult to pass up. 

*Marian Hossa is sadly calling it a hockey career after a skin condition sidelined him a couple of years ago, and will be joining the Chicago Blackhawks organization. 

*Interesting Q&A with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee about the Stanley Cup dreams in Vegas, and what it’s been like to watch the organization grow this season. 

*A brand new coach’s corner with Don Cherry talking about the importance of goaltending at this time of year with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Andrei Vasilevskiy standing out right now. 

*Ryan Callahan has inspired the Tampa Bay Lightning with his courageous play this season, and has certainly been a difference-maker on the fourth line for the Bolts. 

*Wondering what’s going on with the Philadelphia Flyers? Here’s a mailbag to keep you up to date with it all. 

Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

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Report: BU hockey coach Quinn to take Rangers job

Boston University hockey coach David Quinn has agreed to a five-year, $12 million contract to become the New York Rangers coach, according to an ESPN report.

Quinn, 51, replaced college hockey legend Jack Parker at BU in 2013 and was 105-67-21 with the Terriers, reaching three NCAA regional finals with a runner-up finish for the national championship in 2015. Parker won 897 games in 40 years at BU, the third-most all-time and most for a coach at a single school.

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury and veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played at BU. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Bob McKenzie of TSN had each tweeted that Quinn was the leading candidate to replace Alain Vigneault as Rangers coach. Vigneault was fired the day after the regular season ended. New York finished 34-39-9 and last in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Rangers traded away veterans, including winger Rick Nash to the Bruins, at the trade deadline as they fell out of the playoff race and will likely try to rebuild with younger players under Quinn.

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