BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron thought he might have ended a six game pointless slump when he got a clean look from the slot in his very first shift of the game on Friday.
Henrik Lundqvist made the stop on that bid, but the B’s alternate captain never got discouraged despite the string of zeroes next to his recent box scores. He finally busted through with the game-tying goal in the third period after his shot took a fortuitous bounce off Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi’s body while he battled with Loui Eriksson in front of the net.
The puck ended up ratting around before it finally rested in the back of the net as part of two B’s goals in their 3-2 win over the Blueshirts in the Thanksgiving Showdown. The goal marked Bergeron’s first point in seven games, and his first goal in nine games during a rare dry offensive spell for the consistently excellent center.
“I’ll take that bounce. It’s one of those [bounces] that seems like I haven’t gotten in a while, so I’ll take a bounce like that,” said Patrice Bergeron, who was pretty much an offensive non-factor in the loss to the Wings without a shot on net. “But it’s a team game, we all need to help out in any way we can. I’m trying to play on both sides of the rink, and obviously the offensive part of my game has got to be there too.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien has actually been pretty pleased with the work of Bergeron’s line as of late. Eriksson has put up points with a little more regularity as he grows comfortable in Boston’s system, and Brad Marchand’s game has started to return in fits and starts.
“What’s ironic is that line in the last  games has accounted for, I think, [eleven] goals,” said Claude Julien. “The Krejci line has I think, five or six. So they’ve been the top producing line. But Bergeron certainly hasn’t scored the most, and we know [Marchand] is below their numbers right now.
“It seems that those guys can go in funks for a little bit, and then when they come, they come in bunches.”
The aforementioned bunches arrived on Friday afternoon with both Bergeron and Marchand scoring goals in the win over the Rangers. Bergeron finished with three shots on net and 11-of-16 face-offs wins while excelling at both ends of the ice, and is now merely looking at putting a few of those games in a row for the betterment of the team rather than himself.