Bergeron goal only thing not 'ugly' against Panthers

Bergeron goal only thing not 'ugly' against Panthers
March 15, 2013, 12:45 am
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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) out skates Florida Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba (17) on his way to an empty-net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Bruins won 4-1.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON -- The word "ugly" was tossed around the Bruins locker room quite a bit after Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden.

"It certainly wasn't our best game, let's put it that way," said Claude Julien.

"From the start to finish, it wasn't pretty," Julien later added. "But you grind out those wins."

The Bruins grinded out a "sloppy" and "ugly" win on Thursday

But it wasn't all bad.

"Well, we talk about ugly, I thought that was pretty nice though," said Patrice Bergeron with a smile when he was asked about his first of two goals on the night.

Bergeron's second goal was an empty-netter, which put the B's up 4-1 with 57.2 seconds left in the game.

But his first goal was the product of the Bruins' only skill line that's clicking, and that has been clicking for pretty much most of the season.

Bergeron put Boston up 2-0 when he crashed the net with 5:04 left in the first period, and finished a Brad Marchand pass through the slot from the right post.

"That was a great play by Seguin and Marchand," said Bergeron. "I just had to skate to the net, back door. And I knew that Marchand saw me there, so I was just waiting for the puck to come. So that was a perfect play."

The play got started when Seguin rushed it from the neutral zone over the blue line, finding Marchand streaking down the left wing. Marchand then sent a hard pass from the left circle over to Bergeron at the far post, and Bergeron knocked it home for the 2-0 lead.

"We've established some sort of chemistry with those type of plays," said Bergeron. "And we know where guys are going to be. So I knew I had to drive the net on that, wide. And somehow I knew the puck was going to come."

It's that type of play that has many calling them the team's top offensive line this season.

And why not? Bergeron, Marchand, and Seguin are all in the top four on the team in goals scored and points. Bergeron now has four goals in the month of March. That's three more than Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton have combined in that month.

So Bergeron isn't just making plays with his passing, which he is known for. He's also scoring goals.

"I'm playing with some really smart players right now," said Bergeron. "Their vision is pretty amazing. So I'm just trying to get open, obviously. It's also something that has to be part of my game. I have to finish plays as well. I've got to make sure that I do the job when it's on my stick like tonight. I'm just trying to finish it off if it's there."

On a night in which not much was pretty, Bergeron's line found a way to not be as ugly as the rest.

No surprise there.