The back-to-back playoff games couldnt have come at a worse spot for the Bruins, who may now be without two of their regulars dinged up against the Washington Capitals in Game 5 Saturday afternoon.
Patrice Bergeron left the ice early in his second shift of the third period after taking an Alex Ovechkin hit near the offensive blueline that appeared to catch the Bs center in the head. Bergeron waved Bs trainer Donnie DelNegro off when he attempted to approach the center on the bench following the collision, but the two-way pivot only played one more shift for the rest of the contest.
Bergeron looked sluggish and labored during the only shift he hopped out for as a right wing, and he once again ended the shift early when things obviously didnt feel right.
With the Bruins missing their best all-around player from this season, they allowed a pair of third period goals and lost control of the game.
Claude Julien said that Bergeron was actually dinged up when his head smacked into the boards earlier in the game, and the Ovechkin hit was the final blow that got him off the ice.
Im not sure. You get into a game and youre told that a guy is a little injured at that point, and thats all I know, said Claude Julien of Bergeron. Im not quite sure whether it was the Ovechkin hit or a hit earlier where he kind of went into the glass. Thats where I think it started in my mind, but Im not 100 percent sure on that.
Joe Corvo went down in the second period after absorbing a Mike Green slapper to the knee that sent him down to the ice, and resulted in a goal when Corvo couldnt return to the play. The refs didnt blow the whistle when Corvo originally went down, and it essentially created a 5-on-4 situation when the Bs defenseman couldnt get back into the play.
Corvo is down, hes hurt and theres no whistle. So basically hes trying to get up and again, that supposedly is the referees discretion, said Claude Julien. The other night in Washington they felt that a quick whistle was the thing to do. Tonight they decided it wasnt.
The Bs defenseman returned to the bench, but never got back into the game. Benoit Pouliot was forced into playing some defense while the Bruins attempted to get by with five blueliners for 30 minutes of playoff hockey.
Both players were being treated following the Game 5 loss, so their status for tomorrows must-win Game 6 in Washington DC was unknown.