After a slow start to the playoffs, the Boston Bruins‘ top line has been unstoppable. In Boston’s last four games, their top trio of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron has scored nine goals. While Pastrnak has been a human highlight-reel, Bergeron has also played a key role. As the Bruins look to take a 2-1 series lead against the Islanders on Thursday night, Bergeron will be looking to continue his current point streak.
Over the Bruins’ last four games, Bergeron has recorded five points. He has scored three goals in that span after only recording one in Boston’s first four playoff games. Due to his recent play, the former second-round pick is second on the Bruins in playoff points. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, he has also joined a special company.
With a goal in the first game of the second round, Bergeron moved into a tie for second on the Bruins’ all-time playoff goal list. He currently has 46 goals in his playoff career and trails Cam Neely by nine for the franchise lead. With Bergeron on the ice Boston’s top line has been creating scoring chances non-stop.
Additionally, over the past two weeks, Bergeron has multiple points in two of his last three games. The Bruins center has also almost matched his numbers from last year’s playoff run. In 13 games, the 35-year-old had eight points, and in seven games this year, he has seven. As the Bruins’ secondary scoring has shown up, he has helped spark one of the best lines in hockey.
While Bergeron has been filling up the stat sheet, he is making an impact at both ends of the ice. In the postseason, he has landed 12 hits and blocked ten shots. The Quebec native only has one giveaway and is winning 57.4 % of his faceoffs.
As the Bruins look to make a deep playoff run, the play of their captain will be vital. He is making an impact all over the ice and has been in vintage form. While Boston has not had to rely on their top line, they have been the Bruins’ best forward group of late.
Entering Game 3, Bergeron is one of the five players left in the playoffs with at least 100 career postseason points. While records are not his primary motivation, it is an impressive achievement. As the Bruins continue their playoff run, they will need their captain to continue his dominant play.