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Recap: Bergeron’s four-goal night soars the Bruins to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings

Oh Captain, my Captain!

Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Patrice Bergeron’s four goals, including a power-play hat trick, propelled the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings tonight at the TD Garden.

The Bruins were 60% on the man-advantage, capitalizing on three out of five opportunities. Brad Marchand also picked up the primary assists on all of Bergeron’s goals and came away with a four-point night.

Charlie McAvoy and Mike Reilly chipped in two points each.

The power play and penalty kill units both had themselves a strong night.

The weakest looks for the power play came in the first period on the second opportunity. There were a few missed passes that ultimately kept the first unit from striking again. But that would be it, as the first unit took control in the second period by creating space in the center lane which generated the scoring. Bergeron was perfectly positioned for all three goals.

The penalty kill also held Detroit to one shot during their man-advantage in the first which set the tone for the other penalty kills later. They played the body, but got back in position to never allow the Red Wings to really set up.

The Bruins dominated offensive zone possession throughout the 60 minutes in one of their most complete games this season and outshot the Red Wings 37-15.

THE GOALS:

The Bruins opened the scoring at 11:03 of the first period on the power play.

Off the face-off, Bergeron won the puck back to McAvoy. He sent a pass down low to Marchand who found Bergeron inside the right-wing circle for a one-timer past Thomas Greiss’ blocker. 1-0 Bruins.

The story of the second period would be all Bruins’ power play and all Bergeron.

The Bruins extended their lead with another power-play goal at 10:52 of the second period.

Marchand picked up the loose puck from behind the net to hit Bergeron with a feed as he was skating through the slot and into the right-wing circle where he let a wrister past Greiss’ blocker. 2-0 Bruins.

The Bruins added yet another power-play goal at 18:45 of the second period which gave Bergeron a natural hat trick.

From mid-blue line, McAvoy sent the puck to Marchand inside the right-wing circle where he found Bergeron in the slot for a quick one-timer over again, Greiss’ blocker. 3-0 Bruins.

The penalty kill clearly wanted its chance to shine as the Bruins found themselves with three penalties in seven minutes, including a 5-on-3.

The Bruins held off the two-man advantage for 47 seconds, but Detroit capitalized on the situation with Lucas Raymond left wide open.

The Red Wings added their own power-play goal at 7:46 of the third period.

On a 5-on-3 with David Pastrnak and Bergeron in the box, Filip Hronek found Raymond low inside the left-wing circle for a one-timer past Jeremy Swayman. 3-1 game.

The Bruins’ penalty kill added their own special teams’ goal at 8:10 of the third period off a good defensive-zone read from Tomas Nosek.

In the Bruins zone, Nosek collected the puck to hit Curtis Lazar with a pass that sent him up ice on a shorthanded attempt. Reilly followed through on the play and picked up the second effort and put the puck past Greiss. 4-1 Bruins.

Three goals clearly weren’t enough for the captain who capped off the night with his fourth goal to further cushion the Bruins’ score at 15:52 of the third period.

Reilly backhanded the puck to Marchand who then hit Bergeron with a cross-ice pass. Bergeron put a wrist shot five-hole on Greiss. Final score: 5-1 Bruins.

The Bruins will travel to Toronto on Saturday for a 7 pm game against the Maple Leafs.