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Patrice Bergeron plays in his one thousandth NHL game, all in a Bruins sweater. How lucky are WE?

NHL: Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild
Congratulations! (David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron)
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The Bruins host the Islanders tonight at 7:00PM on NESN. Pause a moment to appreciate the career of Patrice Bergeron.

First, a correction from yesterday’s post- Tuukka Rask saved only 24 in Washington, the Bruins took 39 SHOTS. I misread the chart, thanks for the heads up.

  • The red hot Islanders arrive tonight and we may see a preview of the Stanley Cup first round matchup play out. Yahoo Sports As noted yesterday, the Isles will have their dads/mentors in tow.
  • So much to celebrate! This will have been been a remarkable week in Bruins history. Hockeybuzz
  • The road to 1000 games was not entirely smooth for Patrice Bergeron. And he wasn’t even the most celebrated rookie in his 2006-07 class. Providence Journal
  • Bergeron went from his junior team training camp to Boston’s- his steady, competent play in exhibition games included an overtime goal in Montreal and he never went back down. WEEI
  • Bruce Cassidy looks back on two years now, and has embraced using the media to communicate in addition to direct messaging his team. Boston Globe
  • It seems a long shot right now, but how about a trifecta of Boston championships? Bruins Daily
  • Thanks, FOX. I guess the Bruins don’t matter in Titletown. Sheesh. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Lend your ears to Jimmy Murphy and Joe Haggerty, who offer their appreciation of Patrice Bergeron, celebrate Tuukka Rask becoming the Bruins’ all time winningest netminder, and tackle some larger questions about the team. Sticktaps for timestamping the start point for each topic! (Audio, 37:18) CLNS

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • NHL Awards Watch: Tonight’s man of the hour is still a top Selke competitor, and the Bruins face a Vezina contender in net for the Islanders tonight, coached by his Jack Adams award calibre coach. For the Norris, the sure bet is on the Sharks- but which of two Sharks? ESPN
  • Time for the Stanley Cup Champion Capitals to step up and lead in ensuring that the next generation of D.C. youth have a place to play. Washngton Post
  • It is also time to put Grapes in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He’s earned it. CBC Sports
  • Planning on playing golf in retirement because it is such a safe sport? Not so fast- just ask retired Penguin Lyle Odelein! LiveScience