Bergeron actually scored two goals in the Bruins' win over the New York Islanders while playing No. 1000 on Tuesday night, but the Bruins officially recognized the accomplishment ahead of the Saturday matinee at the Garden vs. the Los Angeles Kings.
Bucyk presented Bergeron with a crystal bowl on behalf of the National Hockey League.
"You are the best two-way player I ever coached", said former B's and current Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien when it was his turn to congratulate No. 37.More news: Ashley Young: Manchester United defender signs contract extension
The Black and Gold honored the four-time Selke Trophy victor before the game by awarding him a commemorative stick to mark the special occasion, along with a few paintings throughout his career.
And though the aforementioned numbers were damning, the Bruins opened the third period like a team possessed, with three goals in 3:29, and suddenly found themselves protecting a two-goal edge.
Iafallo knotted the contest over 3 1/2 minutes later as his one-timer from the right circle beat Rask inside the near post. Even with Tuukka Rask returning from his concussion, the Bruins are still subjected to these losses with the most recent one coming against the New York Rangers when goals from Danton Heinen, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand were not enough as New York downed Boston during a shootout, dropping the Bruins to 3-6 in their last nine games.More news: How Toro Rosso's design gap to Red Bull is closing - F1
"We worked hard to get the 2-1 lead and we kind of feel asleep there", Los Angeles forward Brendan Leipsic said. The best was when he came across the crease to block Peter Cehlarik's shot from the bottom of the right circle. Bergeron joins the exclusive club of Ray Bourque, John Bucyk, Don Sweeney and Wayne Cashman. 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. The teams meet again in Los Angeles on February 16.
But the Bruins have fallen back to their early season ways since returning from the All-Star break, no longer as injury-plagued as they were before, but still middling and seemingly entire incapable of living up to their full potential. The Celtics were set to host the Clippers at night. Loud chants of "Beat LA!" echoed around the building after Boston tied it in the third.
Bruins: Host the Avalanche on Sunday afternoon.More news: Aaron Ramsey transfer: Juventus announce four-year contract with Arsenal midfielder