Patrice Bergeron, Bruins topple Kings in overtime, 5-4

NHL FEB 09 Kings at Bruins

NHL FEB 09 Kings at Bruins

See, the Bruins entered today's game with a 1-14-2 mark on the year when trailing after two periods (the seventh-worst mark in the NHL), while the Kings were a stellar 16-1-1 in such scenarios (the seventh-best figure in the league).

Kings captain Anze Kopitar scored his team-leading 17th goal, and Alex Iafallo added a power-play tally for the Kings, who failed in their bid to match a season-high four-game winning streak. Quick made 28 saves.

Boston held a pregame ceremony to honor Patrice Bergeron for playing his 1,000th game in the National Hockey League.

Patrice Bergeron scored 2:26 into overtime as Boston beat LA again.

With Ilya Kovalchuk off for tripping, Bergeron fired a wrister from the right circle for the game-winner.

The Bruins' God had to come through with extra-time heroics because the Bruins were back to their old habit of squandering leads.

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Heinen also scored against the Rangers on Wednesday after he was moved up in the lineup in the second period. Bergeron accepted a feed from Heinen deep in the left circle and alertly wired a no-look goal-mouth pass to McAvoy, who tapped the puck into the open net at 4:38 of the second period.

Iafallo knotted the contest over 3 1/2 minutes later as his one-timer from the right circle beat Rask inside the near post. The others to play that many with the Bruins are Hall of Famers Ray Bourque and John Bucyk, current GM Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman.

The Bruins then took their two-goal lead when Marchand converted a ideal pass from Bergeron for a short-handed goal at the end of a 2-on-1 break. Los Angeles played the fifth of a six-game trip; it was Boston's first of three straight at home before it heads west for a five-game trip. Given the way the Bruins looked completely lost following the Iafallo game-tying goal, and with d-zone mistakes galore, their chances hardly seemed promising, especially when you consider Boston's freaky struggles against subpar competition.

It was part of a Los Angeles-Boston professional sports doubleheader in TD Garden. The Celtics were set to host the Clippers at night.

Bruins: Host the Avalanche on Sunday.

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