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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bergeron's 1st career hat trick lifts Boston Bruins over hapless Ottawa Senators

If you're keeping score at home, the Boston Bruins have now scored 10 straight goals over the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators after the Bs embarrassed the Senators 6-0 last night at the TD Garden.

Patrice Bergeron scored his first career hat trick and Tim Thomas made 31 saves for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season.

With a big snowstorm in the forecast, the Bruins (23-12-7) treated their fans to one of their best performances this season.

Bergeron began the scoring 3:33 into the contest with an unassisted tally. Blake Wheeler made it 2-0 later in the first period thanks to a nice feed from Tyler Seguin (David Krejci also assisted).

The second period had a little bit of everything for the Black and Gold. They pumped in three more goals and got into two fights with the Senators (16-21-6).

Bergeron scored another goal unassisted, Brad Marchand was credited with a goal that went off an Ottawa skate (from Dennis Seidenberg) and Seguin scored on a sweet shot from Krejci and Zdeno Chara.

It was a funny scene when fans threw hats on the ice for Marchand's goal since it looked at first glance like it might have been Bergeron's third. Luckily, for the poor Hans Molemans out there that lost their hat on a Marchand goal, Bergeron came through with one more in the third period.

Nathan Horton fought Jesse Winchester and Shawn Thornton squared off with Matt Carkner.

Bergeron got the third at 5:04 from Marchand. All that was left was for Carkner to bully Daniel Paille. Credit to Paille as he got into the first fight of his NHL career.

The Bruins will need to bring this emotion to tomorrow night's game as they host the Philadelphia Flyers. A win against the Flyers would go a long way to getting on a nice win streak.

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