While Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand were more struggling than snake-bitten during the first round series against the Maple Leafs before Game 7, Patrice Bergeron was truly struck with bad puck luck against Toronto.

But the 27-year-old Bruins alternate captain kept working and pushing while not allowing himself to get discouraged, and all of that paid off like the center never would have believed in Boston’s amazing come-from-behind, 5-4 overtime win over the Leafs at TD Garden. The Selke Trophy winner potted the game-tying goal with 51 seconds remaining in the third period with the goaltender pulled, and then jammed in front of the net for the game-winner just 6:05 into overtime.

“I really was happy for him. He’s a hard worker, reliable player that we lean on every game, every year,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I don’t think his stats were indicative of his series so far. For him to come up big like that when it really counted, I think is fitting for Patrice Bergeron.”

The two goals scored, added to Bergeron’s power play strike scored earlier in the series, made it a tenable situation for a player that was admirably attempting to turn some of the frustration into determination. The hard-working center can sometimes go through times of offensive difficulty when hard work simply isn't enough, but his offensive instincts and production have been good.