Patrice Bergeron is one of the best players in Boston Bruins history, and he's been heavily involved in some of the team's best moments over the last 20 years.
The veteran center also has scored a ton of important goals. He's tallied seven game-winning goals in his Stanley Cup Playoff career, and the one that sticks out in most fans' minds is his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The goal capped a historic comeback by the Bruins after they trailed 4-1 in the middle of the third period.
Bergeron's goal at 14:37 of the first period gave the Bruins a massive lift against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
In the three previous games in Vancouver during that series, the Bruins had been shutout twice and lost 3-2 in overtime in the other matchup. Getting that first goal on the road, which really deflated the crowd and the Canucks, was a huge momentum swing in Boston's favor.
Bergeron scored again in the second period to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. They would add an empty-net goal at the end of the third period to secure a 4-0 Stanley Cup-clinching victory.
The 2019-20 NHL season is on pause amid the outbreak of COVID-19. The Bruins currently have the best record in the league, and if the season resumes and the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs happen, Boston will be among the favorites to hoist the greatest trophy in sports. If they accomplish this goal, Bergeron's elite two-way play almost certainly will be a major reason for that success.
Roberto Luongo is one of the best Twitter follows among retired and active NHL players, and he didn't disappoint Wednesday.
Around 20 players from the Boston Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup championship team got together on a Zoom video conference call Tuesday night to watch a replay of their Game 7 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It was a pretty remarkable sight, and there were plenty of jokes and chirps from the players involved.
Luongo, of course, was the Canucks' goalie during that Stanley Cup Final matchup, and it mostly was a series to forget for the veteran netminder. He gave up 20 goals and posted an .891 save percentage in the seven games. He also allowed three goals in Game 7 as Vancouver lost 4-0 to the B's on home ice.
Luongo, who is one of the funniest players on social media, couldn't help but react to the Bruins' watch party with the following tweet:
"As fans re-watch all the Game 7 action on NESN, the players will be hanging out together on the YouTube live stream breaking down the action and sharing their favorite memories of that classic postseason run," the Bruins said in a statement Monday.
That means you'll see familiar faces like Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask (who are all still playing for the B's) as well as old friends like Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference and more.
Heck, you may even see goaltender Tim Thomas, who's essentially been off the map since his playing days ended.
The 2011 squad will have plenty to discuss: Game 7 saw the Bruins blank the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in their own building to bring home Boston's first Stanley Cup since 1972 and spark riots in the streets of Vancouver.
And as the Bruins warned, the conversation could get lively: The team noted in its press release that this a "live event featuring unfiltered commentary" and that "viewer discretion is advised."
So, if you want a trip down memory lane, head to the Bruins' YouTube page at 8:30 p.m. ET to watch the 2011 squad put the "color" in color commentary.