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Bergeron leads Bruins to playoff win over Canadiens

Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron
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According to the TSN website on Saturday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrice Bergeron of Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec led the Boston Bruins in scoring on Saturday in game two of the National Hockey League's Atlantic Division Final. Bergeron scored a goal and an assist for two points as the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 to tie their series at one game apiece.

Bergeron's goal came with 5:43 remaining in the third period. His shot took a strange bounce and clearly surprised Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price. The goal, Bergeron's second of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, tied the score at three goals apiece at the time from Brad Marchand. It would be the Bruins' second of four third period goals as they overcame a 3-1 Montreal lead with ten minutes left in the contest.

Bergeron's assist came at 10:56 of the third period that pulled the Bruins within one goal at 3-2 at the time. Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored the goal with Marchand picking up the other assist.

Bergeron is continuing his fine season. In February, Bergeron won his second gold medal in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was also a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

A major reason for the Bruins success this season was the spectacular performances from their defense. Saturday was no different. Hamilton, Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara and rookie Torey Krug played exceptional. Chara was a +5, while Krug led all players on both teams with seven shots on goal.

Game three of the series takes place in Montreal on Tuesday. Saturday's loss was the first time the Canadiens have lost in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Last night out west, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in overtime in game one of the Pacific Division final. Marian Gaborik tied the game at two for the Kings with seven seconds left in the third period before scoring the overtime winner from Anze Kopitar and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Drew Doughty. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mike Richards recorded an assist on Gaborik's dramatic game tying goal.

Doughty and Richards won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, while Doughty also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Game two of the series will take place Monday evening in Anaheim.