Patrice Bergeron told his Boston teammates that all he wanted in his 1,000th career game was for the Bruins to come out of it with two points.
The Bruins did, as did Bergeron, who scored twice in host Boston’s 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
“It’s been a fun ride. It was a special game that way,” said Bergeron, only the fifth player in Bruins’ history to play 1,000 games for the club.
Bergeron scored early in the second period and added an empty-netter in the final minute to cap off the night.
“Did you really expect anything else? That guy just steps up in every situation,” said Brad Marchand, who assisted on both of Bergeron’s goals.
Marchand made sure Bergeron got a keepsake from the night when he skated to the blue line and retrieved the puck after Bergeron’s first goal put Boston up 1-0 at 2:32 in the first period.
David Pastrnak also assisted on both goals for Bergeron, passing up an empty-net goal and leaving the puck for Bergeron to tap in with 55 seconds left.
“I saw him look back and I was like, ‘Oh, no, he’s going to drop it,’ but we were definitely alone and I very much appreciated it,” Bergeron said.
Peter Cehlarik also scored and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for the Bruins, who handed the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders their first regulation loss in more than three weeks.
Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders and Robin Lehner finished with 24 saves as New York’s run of games with a point came to an end at eight. The Islanders entered the game with a 6-0-2 stretch since a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Jan. 12.
“We had a couple good looks and Tuukka made some good saves,” Eberle said. “They don’t give you much. We definitely had our opportunities, though.”
Canadiens 4, Ducks 1: Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist and host Montreal beat slumping Anaheim. Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Phillip Danault also scored for the Canadiens, who improved to 7-1-1 in their past nine games.
Kings 5, Devils 1: Tyler Toffoli scored twice in 35 seconds early in the third period to spark visiting Los Angeles. Toffoli, who had the overtime winner Monday against the Rangers, helped send the Kings to their third win in four games.
Capitals 3, Canucks 2: T.J. Oshie scored as part of a dominant performance, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and stopped a penalty shot and host Washington beat Vancouver. Alex Ovechkin assisted on Oshie’s 16th goal of the season to pick up his 1,180th career point and become the NHL’s scoring leader among Russians.
Hurricanes 4, Penguins 0: Curtis McElhinney stopped 23 shots, Brett Pesce and Jordan Martinook scored from way out and Michael Ferland and Andrei Svechnikov poured it on late as Carolina began a pivotal five-game trip with a victory over Pittsburgh.
Blues 3, Panthers 2: Vince Dunn scored with 3:53 left to cap a third-period rally from a two-goal deficit and lift visiting St. Louis over Florida.
Sabres 5, Wild 4: Sam Reinhart scored the lone shootout goal and host Buffalo won for the third time in nine games by beating Minnesota.
Golden Knights 3, Lightning 2: Alex Tuch scored the only goal in a shootout and visiting Vegas halted a four-game skid. The Golden Knights got goals from Cody Eakin and Valentin Zykov in regulation. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.
Predators 5, Coyotes 2: Craig Smith, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Ellis scored in the second period, and Nashville beat Arizona to snap a three-game skid at home.
Blue Jackets 6, Avalanche 3: In Denver, Josh Anderson scored the tie-breaking goal with 9:31 remaining, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots and Columbus snapped a five-game skid. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice for the Blue Jackets, including an empty-netter.
Blackhawks 6, Oilers 2: Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist and visiting Chicago scored four goals in less than a three-minute span of the third period to beat Edmonton. Chicago has won five straight games.
Briefly: The Maple Leafs signed center Auston Matthews to a five-year contract extension at an annual average of $11.6 million. The 2016 first overall draft pick is in his third season with the Leafs. He was making the maximum $925,000 a year under his three-year rookie deal. … Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler avoided long-term injury from hitting his head on the ice but will be out at least a week with a concussion.
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