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Any concerns there may have been about Patrice Bergeron’s scoring were laid to rest in the Bruins’ win Thursday

Patrice Bergeron made it rain hats at TD Garden before the end of the second period on Thursday, scoring three goals on his first four shots of the victory against the Red Wings.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

If anyone was worried about Patrice Bergeron, they weren’t shouting their concern.

Like many of his teammates, the Bruins captain started his 18th NHL season a bit slowly. In his first seven games, he had 17 shots on goal, and none went in. Coach Bruce Cassidy was telling reporters this week that No. 37 would be just fine.

He was correct.

Four goals from Bergeron, all off smart feeds from Brad Marchand, gave the Bruins a 5-1 win over Detroit at TD Garden. He put up a natural hat trick in the first two periods, then fired one home off the rush in the final frame.


“He’s too good a player to keep him down for long,” Cassidy said. “That whole line, to be honest with you.”

It was Bergeron’s seventh hat trick and second four-goal night of his career, the first coming Jan. 6, 2018, against Carolina. Bergeron also became the first Bruin to connect for four since David Pastrnak on Oct. 14, 2019 against Anaheim. He is vintage Bordeaux.

“I’ve been in the league long enough to know it’s going to come back,” Bergeron said of his mini-drought. “I think it’s about making sure you don’t force plays or think about the end result, but go back to details and put yourself in good positions, and eventually it’s going to come your way. That’s how I was approaching it.”

More great news on Thursday: Boston saw its power play (3 for 5) go from stiff shuffle to full-on sprint. Bergeron’s first three goals were on the man-up, and they were signature plays: Brad Marchand to Bergeron in the slot.

Patrice Bergeron is congratulated by teammate Brad Marchand after Bergeron's fourth goal of the night Thursday against Detroit.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The Bruins go-to option on the man-advantage still works.

At 11:03 of the first, those two longtime linemates connected for a 1-0 lead. Bergeron put it far side on Thomas Greiss for his first goal of the year. It had all the familiar elements: Bergeron’s faceoff win, Charlie McAvoy walking the blueline to move the defense, a one-touch feed from Marchand, and a ripper of a shot.


Marchand is correct in his assessment: No one in the league works the bumper better than his pal. He is a threat to move the puck, fake a one-timer, or turn on the red light.

“He’s such a dominant player in this league,” Marchand said. “He’s had a lot of looks early on. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. Everything he touched tonight went in. It’s a matter of time for him.”

They had the chance after Detroit’s Vlad Namestnikov was whistled for remaining in the game without a helmet — a.k.a. the Torey Krug rule. Poor decisions by the visitors was a theme.

The Bruins (5-3-0) outshot the Red Wings, 9-2, in the first 12 minutes leading to a McAvoy drawn penalty. On the shift where No. 73 was tripped, they had everything going in the offensive zone but a goal: Smart leaves, keeps, and pinches; strong cycles; tough board work; and traffic in front. No goal, but the attack was stout, a welcome sign after a five-day layoff. Shots in the first period: 11-3, Boston. Attempts were 22-9.

The Bruins went up by two at 10:52 of the second, when Bergeron buried another power-play feed from Marchand. The latter, from behind the net, saw the Red Wings lose his linemate in the slot.


“Their winger was cheating around the wall,” Marchand noted. “[Bergeron’s] so good at finding that space.”

Jeremy Swayman made 14 saves in Thursday's win.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

This PPG happened after Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi did something rarely seen: He passed up a shot on a 2 on 1, then interfered with the backchecking McAvoy. Another bad idea.

Netminder Jeremy Swayman (14 saves) wasn’t tested much — he made his fourth save of the night 3:15 into the second period — but his fall-forward chest stop on Lucas Raymond late in the second kept it 2-0. He also corralled the puck with split pads as Bertuzzi took his penalty. Swayman had nine saves through 40 minutes, while Bergeron was 3 for 4 shooting the puck.

Chapeaux pour le capitaine arrived with 1:15 left in the second, after Karson Kuhlman drew a holding call on super Detroit rookie Moritz Seider by going hard to the net when he saw no other options.

While his other two linemates are cooking, David Pastrnak is fighting the puck. Cassidy felt the Wings, like previous opponents, were crowding him. But he fanned on an open-net chance that would have made it 2-0 in the second, off a slick cross-ice feed from Marchand. Early in the third, he whiffed on a drop pass from Marchand off the rush, and followed it with a frustrated high-sticking call.

When Bergeron took a tripping penalty, the Bruins were two men down. The Red Wings, who had one shot on their first three power plays, made it 3-1 on a Raymond one-timer. It was their 12th shot of the night.


But the Bruins answered 24 seconds later. Defenseman Mike Reilly chipped one home after Greiss stopped Curtis Lazar’s shorthanded rush. Reilly, who was blanked on his first 45 shots as a Bruin, popped his first since January 2020, when he was with Ottawa. No player in the league took more shots — 153 — without a goal.

“Good to get it out of the way,” said Reilly, admitting to some frustration with his drought.

To break out of his funk, Pastrnak (two goals in eight games) may need to be more decisive. One of the best chances of the first came after Matt Grzelcyk, ever nimble in tight spaces, stepped around Raymond at the point and set up the winger in the right side of the slot.

The winger tried to feed Marchand across the slot, rather than fire on net. Pastrnak, had he shot immediately, might have picked a corner. He was likely hoping Marchand would be able to use the screening Bergeron on the far side of the play. But Detroit closed before Pastrnak could make a decision, and the Wings had a zone exit.

But that locker room, no doubt, was all smiles after.

“You could use a game like this where guys start to feel better about themselves,” said Cassidy, his team visiting Toronto on Saturday. “Even if it’s one game. … See if we can extend it.”

Matt Porter can be reached at matthew.porter@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mattyports.