Patrice Bergeron heard all kinds of adulation on Saturday.
During a video tribute before the Bruins face the Los Angeles Kings, a collection of Boston sports stars have commended the 33-year-old for playing his first career game with the Bruins . Then, in the locker room after a 5-4 victory, his long-time compatriot, Brad Marchand, compared Bergeron to a higher power.
A reporter asked Marchand if "pro" was the word that came to his mind when he thought of the center.
"Yeah, or God, one of the two," Marchand said, by NESN. "He is the ultimate professional in his own way of behaving, preparing himself every day and being consistent in great moments.
"He continues to prove himself, so yes, pro is a good word, but I think God is a little more appropriate."
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Bergeron scored the decisive goal on the power play with 2:26 remaining in overtime. The goal was his 20th total of the season and crowned a match in which he found Marchand for a short-handed score in the first period, then delivered a nice help without a look Charlie McAvoy in the second.
"Getting the win was very special," said Bergeron. "That's what I said on the bench, we have to find a way, and we did it. Obviously, we will take, I guess, this rebound to get the power play in overtime. But we persevered and did it.
Bergeron earned all the applause before and after the match thanks to his performance on the ice on Saturday.