Bergeron plays through oblique injury, broken nose

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Bergeron plays through oblique injury, broken nose

BOSTON -- The news is finally out on the injuries Patrice Bergeron was playing through.

The Bs assistant captain suffered a tornstrained oblique early in the series against the Washington Capitals that progressively worsened as the series went on. To add injury to injury: Alex Semin broke his nose when the two collided during the second period of the Game 5 loss at TD Garden.

Bergeron gutted through the injury to continue playing in Game 6 and Game 7, but reached the point where he couldnt take face-offs in the final two postseason tilts against the Capitals. No surgery will be required to fix Bergerons muscle injury, but that didnt make it any less painful.

It will be simple rest and rehabilitation followed by Bergerons typically dedicated workout schedule this summer, but theres no question the assistant captain cowboyed up for the playoffs.

The injury sounds painful, and it was clearly wince-worthy while watching Bergeron battle through it on the ice.

I tore or strained my oblique muscle. It happened in Game 3 and it got worse in Game 5 as everybody knows. It probably limited me to about 60 percent of what I can normally do, said the stoic Bergeron, who continues to set the tone for toughness and dedication to the team with his on-ice example. It was not related to the two hits that everybody thought; the Semin hit broke my nose and that was it. I was already hurt and the Ovechkin hit just made it worse. I just couldnt even go in the third period after that.

If it was during the regular season I wouldnt have played at all. I would have taken 2 weeks off to heal and be fine. Its just one of those things where it takes time and we didnt have that.

The Selke Trophy finalist said the inability to take face-offs and the discomfort caused by the injury were challenges that took their toll over the final few games. Bergeron was able to tough it out, but indicated he wouldnt have been able to keep playing his way through it. That was the reason Jordan Caron was activated for the final two games just in case Bergeron had to finally bow out early in a game.

The Bs center did manage an assist on a Rich Peverley goal early in the Game 6 win in Washington DC, but was noticeably losing battles around the net during Game 7.
Watching Rich Peverley lose a boatload of face-offs in the offensive zone and David Krejci go only 5-for-15 in the face-off dot was difficult for Bergeron to swallow while all he could do was watch and skate his lane as a makeshift right wing.

Those things need time and rest. When you dont do that I dont think it gets worse, but it doesnt get better, said Bergeron. Its a different game. Im used to taking face-offs and it gets me going. It gets me in the game. Its different positioning-wise.

Sometimes I was going down-low, but down-low I couldnt really battle at all. I couldnt reach out for pucks and stuff like that. I needed to adjust my game and it was in my head a lot. I was trying to just not think about it, but it was there anyway. Im not the only one that goes through that stuff during playoffs. Its just one of those things.

The biggest moment when the injury probably cost the Bruins wasnt in the face-off circle, however.

Forty-five seconds into overtime Braden Holtby kicked a Dennis Seidenberg shot right at Bergeron on the doorstep, but the Bs center couldnt make a strong play on the puck with a wide open net in front of him.

Instead he feebly lofted a wobbly shot well wide to the left of the cage, and the Capitals scored a couple minutes later to take the game. There was no doubt in GM Peter Chiarellis mind that Bergeron sponges the rebound and snaps it home if he were anywhere close to 100 percent.

Bergy Patrice Bergeron, was injured, but he wont require surgery. He had a strained oblique and he was very debilitated from taking face-offs as you saw, said Chiarelli. I believe, and I dont think Bergy would ever say it, but I believe that last chance in overtime that he couldnt stretch for it because of the oblique. He was in a lot of pain.

But Bergerons also a warrior.

Everybody knew that already, but he proved it again while trying to play through something that would sidelined many others once the excruciating pain soaked through.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre