As if it wasn't sweet enough that the Bruins took down the Habs in Montreal for the second time, Patrice Bergeron inched his way closer to Bruins history. Bergeron scored what would ultimately be the game-winning goal at 16:49 of the second period, breaking a 1-1 tie.
The goal would count as his 591st point in his career, passing Cam Neely for 9th all-time among Bruins players. It makes too much sense that this milestone goal would help defeat their biggest rival, further solidifying their playoff spot and knocking Montreal out of a playoff spot.
Bergeron is having another all star season this year, and is set to be the only representative for the Bruins when that game roles around. Not surprisingly, Bergeron is leading the Bruins in goals (18), assists (23) and points (41).
The big question is, who's next on the list? Terry O'Reilly amassed 606 points throughout his 891 game career, placing him 8th all-time. More importantly, he's the next player lined up in the sights of the Bruins alternate captain. If Bergeron can keep up this production, he's on pace to break his all time points in one season of 73, which would also put him above O'Reilly before the end of the regular season. Ken Hodge is 7th all time with 674 points, so that milestone may have to wait another season.
Bergeron is only 5 goals short of passing Dit Clapper for 12th all-time in Bruins goals, which seems like a plausible feat with the way this season is going. Even more impressively, he is only 7 goals short of moving passed Milt Schmidt and Donald Marcotte into the top 10; again, very good possibilty for this season.
I don't think it's too bold to say that by the end of the season, Patrice Bergeron could be in the top 10 for goals, assists and points in Bruins' history. Not too bad for a guy that is still outside of the top 10 for total games played. So, it's safe to say he has a lot more games to play, and a lot more names to surpass.
By Matt Watts