Bergeron in hospital with punctured lung

Bergeron in hospital with punctured lung
June 26, 2013, 1:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron remains in the hospital for extended observation with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage, and, according to Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, a small puncture in his lung.

On top of that, Bergeron also has a separated shoulder he suffered in Game 6 against the Blackhawks. Bergeron's teammates reacted to the courage he showed to play through those injuries in the Stanley Cup Final.

"I didn’t know he was back in the hospital, but just his willingness to play in that game and to leave it all out there is really impressive," said Milan Lucic. "Playing through what he played through and his will to win. And that’s why he’s basically won every trophy a guy can win. That’s why he’s one of our main leaders in this hockey club."

"He’s shown how important of a player he is. And it was pretty inspirational to see him suck it up and play Game 6, and I think that’s why we had such a great start. Hopefully he can get some much-needed rest here and heal up his injury 100 percent too, so he’s ready to go next year."

Some players knew that Bergeron was in the hospital, some didn't, as they spoke to the media during Wednesday's end-of-season break-up session.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid was one of the first to know, as he shared the same doctor who is seeing Bergeron.

"It just so happens that the doctor that he's seeing is the doctor that did my [preseason blog clot] surgery," said McQuaid. "So I had a little bit of a follow-up with him, so he told me."

"I actually visited him yesterday," he added. "I don't know, it's pretty crazy to think what he was playing through. It just seemed like it started out as one thing, and it just kept compounding, and it was more and more going on. He definitely can rest easy knowing that he left it all on the ice."

McQuaid said that Bergeron was in good spirits.

"He always is," added McQuaid.

Chiarelli discussed Bergeron's health in a press conference on Wednesday, describing Bergeron's punctured lung as "a very small hole" and assuring everyone that he is "fine."

"In the course of getting a nerve block, he had a small hole in his lung," said Chiarelli. "There was a freezing type of procedure in the nerve block, that Patrice opted to do so that he could play.

"He played through all of this," added the Bruins GM. "He was a warrior. I can't say enough about his performance and what he did while being injured."