BOSTON -- The Bruins confirmed everybody’s worst fears on Wednesday afternoon by announcing that Selke Trophy-winning center Patrice Bergeron suffered a “moderate” concussion in the second period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
There is no timetable for his return.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron -- whom he described as emotional in the wake of the injury, which occurred when he was inadvertently elbowed in the head by Ottawa's Colin Greening -- was out walking Wednesday and was in good spirits, but was “annoyed” after suffering the fourth concussion of his nine-year career.
"We will work together at getting you well,” Chiarelli said he told Bergeron.
The Bruins are clearly hoping that it’s a concussion similar to the one that caused him to miss only a couple of playoff games during Boston’s run to the Cup two years ago, rather than something with longer-lasting effects.
The two-way center and alternate captain missed 12 days after suffering that playoff concussion in 2011. He then went almost two years before suffering another head injury.
Bergeron has 31 points (10 goals 21 assists) in 35 games this season and hasn’t missed a game this year after suffering an oblique issue against the Washington Capitals during the playoffs. Chiarelli said the Bruins won’t be calling up any players to fill in for Bergeron, which likely means that Kaspars Daugavins will move into the lineup as a bottom-six center in his debut with the Black and Gold.