By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON, Mass. High alert was sounded at Ristuccia Arena as Patrice Bergeron was hurried off the ice midway through Tuesday practice after catching a chipped puck squarelyoff the chin.Johnny Boychuk flipped the puck off the boards, and the Bruins confirmed that Bergeron was taken to a local hospital to get stitches on his chin. But several people inside the dressing room assured CSNNE.com that the injury wasnt expected to be anything serious for Bostons hottest player and Bergeron had his wits about him when he was taken to the hospital.
Coach Claude Julien said Bergeron was undergoing precautionary X-rays just to be 100 percent sure that nothing was broken or displaced. He expects his indispensible two-way center to be available for Wednesday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens."You never like to see that," said Julien. "Those partitions on the glass can be dangerous things, eh? The puck hit the partition and then hit him in the chin, but from what I hear it's only stitches on the chin."He's just basically stitches, he felt good leaving here and medically you've got to make sure you cover all angles. I've been told there shouldn't be an issue playing tomorrow."
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.