BOSTON -- Dougie Hamilton registered his second and third assists of the season in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Islanders and after the game, coach Claude Julien had nothing but good things to say about the youngster.
"We have to be pleased and impressed with a young player playing the way Hamilton has been," said Julien. "Right now he's playing with a lot of confidence . . . He sees the ice well, he finds the passing lanes."
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BRIGHTON, Mass – Torey Krug said it wasn’t a definite, but that he might have been able to play in a Game 7 on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators if the Bruins had managed to survive last weekend’s overtime loss. Krug missed all six playoff games with an MCL strain in his right knee after getting hurt in the second-to-last game of the regular season against Ottawa, and had a tough time watching the playoff series knowing that he could have made a difference.
The Bruins struggled to move the puck through the neutral zone against the 1-3-1 trap employed by the Senators in portions of the series, and the puck-moving Krug would have been a guy that could have certainly improved that situation greatly.
“I was pretty close [to a return] and it just sucks that we didn’t have a crack at it with our full team. That was unfortunate,” said Krug, who finished the year fifth in the NHL among defensemen with a career 51 points during the regular season. “It was brutal. I love the playoffs and every player in here would say that they wanted to play and be a part of that. It’s tough for me because this group went through so much this year and we really grew and developed, and we had to work so hard just to get into the playoffs.
“Then we get into the playoffs and we lose a bunch of guys to injuries. It just sucks for the other guys because we never really had a fair crack at it in the playoffs without the full lineup. I don’t think there were many teams that wanted to play us going into the playoffs [before the injuries].”
Krug said that the injury wouldn’t require any surgery after he’d resumed skating toward the end of last week, and he said he’d be healthy and interested in playing if Team USA called for his services for next month’s World Championships in Europe.
BRIGHTON, Mass – It was pretty clear that Patrice Bergeron was battling through some sort of injury during this past season, and we finally found out what it was on Bruins break-up day at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
Bergeron played the entire season with a sports hernia that happened in the final practice prior to the start of the 2016-17 regular season, and caused him to miss the first couple of games this season. The 31-year-old Bergeron had a bit of a down offensive season with 21 goals and 53 points, and got off to a very slow start to the regular season at least in part to playing through the nagging injury day-in and day-out.
It was thought that perhaps Bergeron had re-injured the ankle that was a nagging problem for him at the end of last season, but No. 37 set the record straight now that the season is over.
“We’re going to go through physicals today, but I’ve been going through a sports hernia all year. With the schedule it was definitely something that was nagging and was there for most of the year. But the breaks in the second half definitely helped make it feel a lot better,” said Bergeron. “It was one of those years where we fought and showed off a lot of character, but at the same time you never want to be satisfied and wish for better results.”
One has to wonder if participating in the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada contributed to Bergeron’s injury given how quickly all players ramped up for that tournament. The Selke Trophy finalist said it remains to be determined if the hernia injury will require surgery to repair, but Bergeron made it clear he “doesn’t want to go through the same thing again next season.”
So add another chapter to the book on Bergeron’s toughness and overall character after pushing through a season-long injury, and still performing well enough to help push the Black and Gold back into the playoffs this season.