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Christopher L. Gasper

Patrice Bergeron rose to the occasion

Patrice Bergeron is one of those great athletes who is easy to take for granted. His brilliance isn’t Xenon headlight bright. It’s like a steady, soothing porch light, always there to illuminate the way when you need it.

Accountable, reliable, durable, Bergeron is the epitome of understated excellence, but there was nothing understated about his role in the hockey history that unfolded Monday night at TD Garden. In the Bruins’ darkest hour, Bergeron shone brightest, extending the season with the tying and winning goals in Boston’s back-from-the-dead 5-4 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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