Source: Bergeron 'fine' after upper-body injury

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Source: Bergeron 'fine' after upper-body injury

Patrice Bergeron suffered an upper body injury over the last few days while playing in Switzerland for HC Lugano, but is physically fine according to a source close to the Bruins center.

The reigning Selke Trophy winner missed Wednesdays game for Lugano due to the injury, which has left him in a day-to-day situation while playing in Switzerland. But the injury appears to be minor in nature and should allow him to jump back into the lineup within the next few days as his status is day-to-day. Bergeron has six goals and five assists and is sporting a plus-13 after only five games with the Swiss-A club while tearing up the countryside with former Bs teammate Glen Metropolit.

Bergeron also scored a goal in Luganos victory over Tyler Seguins HC Biel squad when the two Bs linemates played against each other last weekend for the first time in their hockey careers.

Whatever ailment Bergeron is suffering from is the second injury to crop up for a Bruins player this week after Tuukka Rask exited a Czech League game with a tweaked groin muscle on Tuesday night. Bergeron battled through a torn oblique muscle during the final few games of the season that worsened during the playoff series against the Washington Capitals, but said that injury was 100 percent healed when he showed up in Boston for Bruins captains practice in September.

Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity'

Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity'

BOSTON – While there were some warning signs over the last few weeks that the Bruins might be getting away from their game, it didn’t really hit home until Thursday night’s frustrating loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Bruins blew through three different one-goal leads in the second period in the 6-3 loss to the Bolts at TD Garden, and each time surrendered a tying goal to Tampa in less than two minutes after initially scoring. It was a clear indicator that the Bruins weren’t fully focused on the task at hand despite having already lost three games in a row, and that their ability to bounce back from adversity is going away from them again. 

That much was obvious when the bottom dropped out in the third period, and Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov turned into a two-man Lightning wrecking crew outscoring the Bruins by a 3-0 margin in the final 20 minutes. 

“I think the frustration is more in-game, where we’ve got to have a stronger mental capacity to handle those [challenging] situations in-game. Let’s face it, when you get on a bit of a losing streak, all those things creep in, whether it’s in October or whether it’s in March,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You have doubts, you start pressing, and again, it’s my job to alleviate the kind of attention in those situations.

“But, as I told you, we all have to be accountable and be responsible for ourselves, and that’s where we just need to have better focus and better discipline in those areas. It was there when it was 3-3 [on the scoreboard]. We’ve got to push back after they score, and that’s where I thought we started to come apart a little bit where we should’ve stuck together and stuck with the program. [We needed to] get ourselves slowly back into the game. We had 10 minutes to even the score, and we weren’t able to do it.”

Clearly this wasn’t just the coach alone in his pointed observations, however, as the lack of focus showed unfortunately in a rudderless second period for the Black and Gold where they couldn’t gain any separation from Tampa Bay despite scoring three goals. 

“[It’s] not being focused, not being sharp, and obviously at this time of the year it’s unacceptable, and it’s up on us to be better,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Those kinds of situations shouldn’t happen. So, for sure, we need to address those things and hold each other accountable.”

One thing is clear: The Bruins have a lot of work to do if they hope to avoid the same kind of late season tailspin that doomed them each of the last two seasons, and already seems to be happening over their last four losses to varying levels of hockey talent. 

Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

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Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.