BOSTON -– In a final bit of good news about the health of the Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron met with reporters on Tuesday morning and declared that he won’t need surgery on any of the significant injuries he suffered during the Stanley Cup Final.
Bergeron had torn rib cartilage in Game 4, he cracked a rib in Game 5, and then he suffered a separated right shoulder and a collapsed lung in Game 6 when the Bruins were finally eliminated from contention.
The Bruins alternate captain said he expects to be ready for Bruins training camp in September -- music to the ears of everybody associated with the B’s organization.
“No surgeries on the shoulder. It’s just separated. It’s just going to heal. I’m going to need, obviously, some treatments,” said Bergeron. “I’m going to have to do that and the rib and the cartilage, but there’s no treatment for it. It’s more just taking time to rest it and making sure it heals on its own.
“I should be fine for camp, for the beginning of camp for sure. Hopefully, but I’m pretty positive that I will be. I just need a couple weeks -- like two or three weeks I’m guessing. I don’t know. I don’t have a straight answer for you because I’m not sure, but I’ll go with how it goes.”
The typically humble, plainspoken Bergeron tried to deflect most of the questions about playing through pain, and going above and beyond the call of duty for a professional athlete in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But managing to gut his way through a lung that was likely punctured in the first period of the Game 6 defeat to the Blackhawks is an unfailing tribute to the toughness of hockey players.
Bergeron instead just assumes that any of his teammates would have done the exact same thing. (Though, that's not bloody likely.)
“I know all the guys would have done the same thing. I know that at this point, at this stage [in the Cup Finals], you do everything to win. You put everything on the line to help your team,” said Bergeron. “That's basically what I did. I’m 100 percent confident everyone else would have done the same thing. There’s a lot of really tough guys on our team, and I don't feel like I should take all the praise. Because I’m not the only one that would have [played through] that.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Bergeron is the heart, soul and spiritual leader of a Bruins club that’s enjoyed major success over the last six years.