NHL’s best Bruins honor Patrice Beron; Columbus beat 4-2

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BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored a go-ahead, power-play goal and the Boston Bruins remained unbeaten in regulation at home with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

David Pastrnak scored a power-play goal. Taylor Hall scored on a delayed penalty. Jeremy Swayman was also in Boston and made a record-breaking 30 saves.

The NHL’s best Bruins recognized Patrice Bergeron, captain of the NHL-best Bruins, for his 1,000 career points in an on-ice ceremony.

Boston’s record at TD Garden was 16-0-2, with both losses coming via shootout.

Boone Jenner had a power play goal, Patrik Lacine scored, Daniil Tarasov stopped 36 shots for Columbus. Columbus has lost three straight, six of eight, and seven of eight.

Krejci’s goal in the second period was a little redemption. Columbus tied the game at 1-all, while he was being penalized for high sticking. In just under four minutes, he had moved Boston ahead 2-1 with a one-timer from Boston’s left circle following a Charlie McAvoy pass.

Hall increased the margin to 3-1 at 12.41 in the third period, and Tomas Nosek scored 19 second later.

Pastrnak’s 20th goal made it 1-0 at 7:17 of the opening period, the seventh straight season he’s reached that mark.

BERGERON CEREMONY

Bergeron was accompanied by his wife Stephanie and their three young children. They were presented with crystal from NHL by Johnny Bucyk and a silver stick by GM Don Sweney. President Cam Neely also gave him a check for $37,000 to support a charity of his choosing. Krejci and Brad Marchand received gifts from the players.

He was the fourth Bruins player to achieve the milestone. He joined Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1.506), Bucyk (1.3399) and Phil Esposito (1.012) in the win at Tampa Bay on Nov. 21. They also congratulated him via a Jumbotron video.

TOUGH CROWD

A video was also shown during a break in the first period, with other NHL players congratulating Bergeron. That was greeted with a spattering of boos when Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin were shown.

BLUE JACKETS’ BITS

For the fifth time in six games, Star Johnny Gaudreau was without a goal. … Forward Eric Robinson returned to the lineup after missing the previous game due to an illness. … They’re in a stretch of five of six on the road.

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: Dallas hosts Blue Jackets on Monday.

Bruins face Florida Monday in the fourth of five homestand games.

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