Patrice Bergeron might have been the man of the hour, but the B’s longtime pivot was quick to note that his record-setting outing was far from the only talking point tossed around in the locker room following Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Islanders.
Sure, there was plenty to process — Bergeron’s 1,000th career game, the Patriots’ post-parade appearance on the TD Garden ice and of course, two points in the standings.
But one thing that wasn’t lost on Bergeron — a player who has built a Hall-of-Fame resume for himself by excelling at the finer details of the game — was a singular shift by one of Boston’s bottom-six contributors in the third period.
On a night highlighted by a pair of tallies from Bergeron, 28 timely saves from Tuukka Rask and 23:52 of ice time for Zdeno Chara, Joakim Nordstrom’s final stat line might seem rather pedestrian.
12:40 TOI — the third-lowest mark among all Bruins skaters. One shot on goal. A 29.41 Corsi For Percentage during 5v5 play.
And yet, it was the play of Nordstrom — specifically a 47-second shift near the midway point of the final stanza — that also garnered plenty of recognition in the aftermath of a hard-fought win.