BSJ Game Report: Bruins 5, Kings 4 (OT) – Boston avoids another 3rd-period letdown on Bergeron’s game-winner

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 5-4 overtime win over the Kings in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…


Patrice Bergeron leads the way: On the day in which the Bruins honored Bergeron for reaching 1,000 career games with the club, the veteran center once again displayed the skills that have made him the engine that drives Boston up front for over a decade. Bergeron’s game-winning tally in overtime on Saturday was just the cherry on top of what was a dominant showing from the No. 37, as Bergeron finished with a 72.22 Corsi For Percentage over 12:36 of 5v5 TOI. During that entire 5v5 stretch that Bergeron was out on the ice, the Kings landed zero shots on goal. Yes, zero shots on goal. Meanwhile down the other end of the ice, Bergeron’s line tallied a pair of goals — while the pivot teamed up with Brad Marchand for a shorthanded tally at 6:49 in the third.

That gives Bergeron 20 goals and 50 total points in just 39 games this season — his 15th campaign with the Bruins. He may not have the highlight reel of more dynamic forwards like Ovechkin and Crosby, but few players can put an emphatic stamp on a game in all three areas of the ice quite like Bergeron.

Bruins continue to let leads slip away: For the second game in a row, the Bruins let a two-goal lead slip away in the third period — once again, to a team that’s currently out of the playoff picture. Wednesday’s loss to the Rangers was a disheartening result, but at least some of it could be chalked up to a club playing its third game in four nights, including the second leg of a back-to-back stretch. There are no excuses for this matchup, against a Kings team with the second-fewest points in the Western Conference — while featuring a minus-14 goal differential in the third period. Out of their last 11 games, the Bruins have blown a lead in 10 of them. Boston might have been able to escape with two points,  but they can’t have these leads continue to slip away.