CHICAGO – The Bruins are hoping for the best, but have to be expecting the worst after Patrice Bergeron was transported to a local hospital during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
"You don't replace him," said B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask, very simply.
Bergeron appeared to be suffering from some serious discomfort in his first shift of the second period, and managed only two shifts and 49 seconds of time before leaving the game for good. The Bruins' two-way center stayed on the bench through the end of the second period, but was transported via ambulance to a local hospital during the third period of Boston’s 3-1 loss to the Hawks.
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada reported through his sources that it may be a spleen injury, but there was no confirmation from the Bruins into the wee hours of Sunday morning. It’s an injury that’s potentially similar to one that Peter Forsberg suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs when he had a ruptured spleen, and missed an entire season due to the injury.
Claude Julien would only say postgame that Bergeron was being treated medically, and was still a possibility to suit up for Game 6 at TD Garden on Monday night.
“I think there's no concern until you get an update,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, clearly in playoff mode at not disclosing anything about a potentially serious injury. “As far as we're concerned, he's just getting evaluated right now. Not much I can say on his situation. It's just an injury that wasn't able to let him finish the game. He may be in next game, so I'm not going there."
The Bruins sounded hopeful Bergeron was going to be okay, and clearly they rallied around each other in the third period knowing that the two-way center wasn’t in a very good way.