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Bergeron scores three as Bruins batter Senators


Zack Smith of the Ottawa Senators, second left, looks for a rebound in front of Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, second right, in their NHL game in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday.

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Patrice Bergeron missed the entire exhibition season and most of training camp recovering from back spasms that followed off-season groin surgery.

It does not seem to have slowed him down.

The Bruins forward on Monday had his fourth career hat-trick, scoring his first goal just 30 seconds into the game, and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for his first win of the season to help Boston beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 in their home opener.

Two games after the Bruins lost the season opener to Stanley Cup champions the Capitals 7-0, allowing a goal just 24 seconds in, Bergeron opened their home season in similar fashion.

“He’s impressive. He’s a competitor,” said Brad Marchand, who had three assists for a league-leading seven through just three games this season. “He wants to be the best player on the ice every night.”

Bergeron also had an assist, David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, and defenseman Charlie McAvoy had his first career three-assist game for Boston.

Chris Wagner also scored for the Bruins, who beat Ottawa for the fifth straight time and won their second straight this year since losing to the Capitals.

Mike Condon made 24 saves and Ryan Dzingel scored twice for the Senators, who picked up a five-on-three power play with about 12 minutes left, but failed to score.

“Those [power plays] are momentum builders,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “That makes a difference, if they get a goal, get back into it.”

Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner, was pulled from the opener against Washington after allowing five goals on 19 shots in less than 28 minutes.

Backup Jaroslav Halak replaced him and also started the second game, a 4-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday last week.

“Well, I finished the game,” Rask said with a smirk. “I guess that qualifies as a lot better.”

Rask was spotted a 2-0 lead, thanks to Bergeron’s goal off a rebound in the crease in the first minute.

The Bruins forward also scored on a power play from the right faceoff circle with three minutes left in the first period.

“You’re trying to have a good, strong start,” Bergeron said. “It’s not always going to be a goal.”

It was 3-2 after two periods when Bergeron scored off Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci’s knee 4 minutes, 38 seconds into the third period, sending a shower of caps onto the ice.

Pastrnak made it 5-2 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left, but Bobby Ryan cut the deficit to two goals just 30 seconds later.

Pastrnak added an empty-netter from mid-ice.

Boston fans broke into a couple of “Yankees Suck” chants in the third period, a few hours before the Red Sox played New York in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

“I agree with that chant, by the way. I’m all for it. I’m excited for the Red Sox,” Cassidy said.

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