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Patrice Bergeron reluctantly skates into spotlight ahead of 1,000th career game

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Sifting through the greatest Bruins moments of the 21st century, it’s hard to find clips or snippets that don’t prominently feature No. 37 out on the ice.

Some of the B’s greatest goals of the past two decades have come off the stick of Patrice Bergeron — whether it be his pair of tallies in a Cup-clinching Game 7 against the Canucks or his game-tying and eventually game-winning strike against the Leafs back in 2013.

Bergeron’s Hall-of-Fame resume just about speaks for itself — 778 points, 305 goals, four Selke Trophies, two Olympic Gold Medals, one IIHF World Championship Gold Medal and one Stanley Cup title.

And yet, for all of Bergeron’s accomplishments, the 33-year-old center still isn’t one to talk up his own impressive accomplishments — as extensive as they are. For that reason, Bergeron will approach Tuesday’s home matchup against the Islanders with his same, hyper-focused mindset, even if the game marks a special occasion as his 1,000th career game.

Given the fact that only four other Bruins  —Ray Bourque (1518), Johnny Bucyk (1436), Don Sweeney (1052) and Wayne Cashman (1027)  have logged over 1,000 games with Boston, it’d be a safe bet that there will be plenty running through Bergeron’s head as he takes the opening face-off on Tuesday, right? Right?