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July 13, 2013

Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to 8-year extension

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In 83 playoff games, Bergeron has 20 goals — none bigger than the two he scored in Game 7 of the opening round this season against Toronto.

The Bruins won three of the first four games before the Maple Leafs won the next two and led 4-1 with less than 11 minutes left in the third period. Nathan Horton cut the lead to 4-2, Milan Lucic scored an empty-net goal with 1:22 left and Bergeron tied it with another empty-netter with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

Then he won the game — and the series — with a goal at 6:05 of overtime.

Chiarelli said Bergeron signed even though he could have gotten more money on the open market after next season.

“He embodies a lot of what the Bruins stand for,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a responsible player. He’s a hard player. He’s a leader. He’s a clutch player. He’s just (had) a classic way of carrying himself that I like to be part of and the Bruins like to be part of.”

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