Patrice Bergeron is an elite goal scorer.
The five-time 30-goal scorer for the Boston Bruins had the mother of all chances halfway through the first overtime of Game 2 between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Bruins Saturday night.
But Jackets winger Cam Atkinson and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had other plans.
Bergeron, jumping on a rebound from a shot from teammate Brad Marchand, had three feet of open net and the puck moving to his forehand in the crease before Atkinson jumped in with crafty stickwork, twice preventing Bergeron from getting anything on the two shots he got in from close range.
Watch closely as Atkinson gets a stick on Bergeron's stick and stays with it. When Bergeron finally did get a shot off, Bobrovsky had recovered and was in position to shut it down.
The Blue Jackets would go on to take the second game of the series, 3-2, in the second overtime, but they'd be staring at an 0–2 hole had Atkinson and Bobrovsky not stepped up to save the game.