Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron honored for playing 1,000 games

Patrice Bergeron etched his name in Boston’s record books in a big way.

The Bruins held a pregame ceremony ahead of Saturday’s matchup against the Kings to honor the veteran center for playing in his 1,000th NHL game. He’s now played in 1,002 games.

Bergeron received gifts and ovations from the crowd at TD Garden, but the cherry on top of his special night was notching the overtime winner to give the Bruins a 5-4 win.

OF COURSE HE DID.#NHLBRUINS WIN 5-4 IN OT!!!! pic.twitter.com/OGrRQtw6nU

Patrice Bergeron is just the fifth Bruin ever to play 1,000 games with the organization.

Watch the highlights from this afternoon’s pregame ceremony honoring No. 37. #Bergy1000 | #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/J42CZPDZTN

“To get the win was very special,” Bergeron said. “That’s what I said on the bench; we’ve got to find a way. That’s what we did. Obviously we’ll take that bounce, getting the power play in overtime. We stuck with it and got it done.”

Bergeron, 33, became just the fifth player in Bruins’ history to play 1,000 games with the team, joining Ray Bourque, John Bucyk, Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman.

He finished Saturday’s outing with three points, bringing his season total to 50 points in 39 games.

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