BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored two goals to reach 300 for his career, returning to the lineup Saturday after missing 16 games and directing the Boston Bruins beyond the Nashville Predators 5-2.

In addition, he set up Brad Marchand‘s tie-breaking score to simply send Boston into the sixth win in eight matches.

Patrice Bergeron. Mr. 300.

Bergy, congrats!

David Pastrnak needed his team-leading 23rd goal and added two assists. Marchand had two aids, and defenseman Charlie McAvoy set up Bergeron’s first goal.

Making his third consecutive start for the Bruins, Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots and assisted on Sean Kuraly‘s empty netter.

Ryan Johansen along with Kyle Turris felt for Nashville, which lost its fourth right (0-3-1) for the first time that season.

With Ryan Hartman away to tripping, Bergeron sent a pass into Marchand, who one-timed a shot to the net with 8:37 left in the match. Pastrnak completed a 2-on-1 break with Marchand for an objective with 5:51 to go.

The Bruins needed a two-man power play advantage for 65 moments to start the next phase. At the finish of the very first punishment, Rinne chose to save on Torey Krug and stuffed Marchand’s rebound bid.

However on the consequent shift, Bergeron scored from a scramble from just outside the crease, lifting the puck over the goalie to make it 21 in 1:44 of this period.

Turris shot a shot from the very top of circle that caromed into the net from the left post, making it 2-2 with 10:53 left in the third.

Sidelined because of a rib injury since mid-November, Bergeron had driven the Bruins ahead 15:10 of this launching stage. McAvoy fired a pass Bergeron at the slot, at which the guts cut his left, halted and changed quickly before turning a shot under the bar.

Boston needed an objective over-turned into the second period. A replay review for goaltender interference prevented the Bruins from moving up 2-0.

In a second time full of steady end-to-end play, Nashville tied it in 13:01 once Johansen fired a wrister from the right circle which appeared to hit Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk‘s rod and change direction before slipping in to the net through a little space between your post adjacent and Halak’s left arm.


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