Bergeron has 'mild concussion,' will miss start of series

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Bergeron has 'mild concussion,' will miss start of series

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. Everyones greatest fears were realized Saturday morning as Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced to the gathered media that center Patrice Bergeron would miss at least the beginning of the Tampa Bay series with a mild concussion.This weekend's brain injury is Bergeron's third concussion during a promising NHL career for the 25 year-old that's beenmarred by the NHL epidemic.He went into the Quiet Room after he was hit, was assessed by our doctors, took the NHL-modified SCAT II test and was deemed unable to return. But what Im told is that the concussion is mild, said Chiarelli, who said he hadnt checked in with Bergeron again as he was still sleeping on Saturday morning. When I spoke with him after the game he was a little despondent, but he was quite lucid. He was despondent having suffered another concussion. It was just okay.Thats where that stands. We have an injury now, so well see how our depth gets tested.Bergeron went home after the game and didnt stay overnight at the hospital given the mildness of the head injury, and the fact the Bs center was relatively clear-headed after the game. He still has yet to visit with a neurologist and get a diagnosis from any kind of specialist.With a mild concussion theres a minimum of 7-10 days missed by the players, so Bergeron would miss at least the first couple of games against the Lightning, after posting 12 points in 11 playoff games and winning over 64 percent of his face-offs during the postseason.The Bs two-way center and their best player during the playoffs was felled by a late Claude Giroux hit in the opening minutes of the third period during Game Four at TD Garden when the two teams were still battling in a 1-1 tie game. Bergeron took three strides after passing the puck away in his defensive zone before Giroux leveled him with a shoulder to the head area, and the center slammed his head hard against the ice after the collision. Chiarelli admitted that he felt the Giroux hit was a shade late, but given the speed of the game and the level of competition in the playoffs that it was something the Bruins would have to live with. Its tough to tell. I did have a brief discussion with the league on it, and it was a tough one to gauge that speed, said Chiarelli, who doubted there would be any supplemental discipline against Giroux.Chiarelli said that the latest concussion didnt grade out as severely as the one suffered against the Carolina Hurricanes on a Dennis Seidenberg hit during the 2008-09 season that kept Bergeron out of the lineup for a month. But the Bs center was expected to miss at least the first couple of games against the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.Youre obviously missing a key character component and a key leadership component in Bergeron, but theres been a growing element of leadership from a lot of different places in the room, said Chiarelli.
Its likely Tyler Seguin will be inserted into the lineup in Bergerons absence after not having taken a single shift since an April 10 loss to the New Jersey Devils in the regular season finale, and Chiarelli said its up to the 19-year-old rookie to fill the void after sitting out the first two rounds of the playoffs.Its a discussion that weve had with the coaching staff and our group, said Chiarelli. We feel Seguin deserves a chance and hes been working quite hard in practice. Well see where he fits in the lineup. Hes really put his nose to the grindstone in practice and watching from above hes picked up the intensity and tenacity of the games. Plus hell give us an offensive boost also.Bergeron missed nearly the entire 2007-08 season after suffering an October concussion against the Flyers when Randy Jones crushed him in the corner on a vicious hit, and then missed time a year later when a collision with Seidenberg gave him his second career concussion.The Bruins have really hit their first injury adversity of the playoffs with Bergeron going down, and the response against the Lightning will be telling.
Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

BRIGHTON, Mass – It certainly sounded like there were some things that made the Wednesday night loss in Detroit a little different for the Bruins.

The Bruins media corps conducted postgame interviews in the hallway rather than in the visiting dressing room after what must have been a combustible atmosphere immediately following the shootout defeat. 

There was also evidence of anger in the visitor’s dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, according to reports, with a door off its hinges when the media was able to get a look inside the dressing room area.

David Backes confirmed something was different about the loss after blowing a pair of three-goal leads, and failing to follow up their dreadful no-show vs. the Islanders with a winning performance against another bad team in Detroit. The B’s forward said the plane ride home from Detroit was solemn and quiet, and that it was clear the Bruins team was “wounded” after a crushing loss.

“Both [losses] can be great lessons if we learn from it, and neither was very enjoyable. That was probably the quietest I think our guys were all year on that plane ride home from Detroit,” said Backes. “To me, that’s a great sign that it hit us in the heart, and it hit us where it really mattered. We’re thinking about how we can turn the tide and thinking about we can be victorious the next time out.

“We had the lead, and in a lot of instances you’re expecting, as you should, to come out of there with two points. We’re at the time in the season where wins need to be garnered and taken home.

“There were a lot of aspects where we should have grabbed the game back. When you feel like you’ve had a lot of opportunities to take the game and you don’t do it, it’s not a good feeling. I was reflecting on that during a very quiet team plane ride back from Detroit, and it seemed pretty clear that the whole team was feeling wounded. I think it’s a good sign that guys were feeling that way, and that means they’re going to do everything in their power to not have that feeling again.”

The words are encouraging from a 32-year-old natural leader in Backes, who has seen good times and bad as captain of the St. Louis Blues in his 10-year NHL career. But the proof is ultimately on the ice where the Bruins have games against the Blackhawks and Penguins coming up and face some very stiff tests coming off a couple of losses against the worst teams in the East that exposed Black and Gold fragility at this point in the season. 


 

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins, looking for a spark after terrible, back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, are hoping the return of Matt Beleskey from a knee injury can help provide the inspiration. 

The blue-collar left winger has missed the past 23 games with a torn MCL in his right knee suffered in early December against the Buffalo Sabres, but now he’s easing back into the lineup on the fourth line in Friday night’s showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beleskey was skating with Dominic Moore and Austin Czarnik on the fourth line at morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena and should be expected to throw a few hard hits and play with some intensity in his return.

“I’m ready to go and excited to get back out there,” said Beleskey, who has been skating with the team for roughly a week after giving the knee sufficient time to heal. “I’ve just got to keep it simple and do what I do well: Be hard on pucks, take the body and just try and find your groove. You don’t want to expect too much in your first game back, but you just want to be able to contribute.

“’I’ve been saving [the pent-up energy] for a while, so I’m ready to get back out there and hopefully provide a spark for us.”

The Beleskey return also provides the player with a bit of a reset button after a slow start to the season that saw him with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 24 games played for the Black and Gold prior to his injury. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairs against the Blackhawks based on morning skate today:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Beleskey/Blidh-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

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