Looking back and ahead: Patrice Bergeron » Patrice Bergeron, John Carlson, Matt Hendricks

Patrice Bergeron's oblique injury hurt the B's in the first round. (AP)

Patrice Bergeron’s oblique injury hurt the B’s in the first round. (AP)

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) works against Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) and left wing Matt Hendricks (26) for position during the first period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)