Bergeron taken to hospital for stitches

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Bergeron taken to hospital for stitches

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

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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Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.