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Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron both expected to play Game 6 06.24.13 at 11:59 am ET
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Things are looking up for a couple of banged-up Selke winners, as Bruins coach Claude Julien said in French after Monday’s morning skate that Patrice Bergeron “will play” Game 6 after leaving Game 5 with an undisclosed injury, while Jonathan Toews skated Monday for the Blackhawks and told reporters he’ll play as well.

Bergeron was not on the ice for morning skate, but Julien gave the encouraging update following his absence.

“Patrice will dress for warmup tonight,” Julien said. “I’m feeling confident he will play.”

Asked the same question in French, Julien responded (translated), “Patrice will play tonight.”

Both Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron took turns on the fourth line in morning skate, with Soderberg centering the second line in Bergeron’s absence. Julien said that if Bergeron is out and Soderberg plays on the second line, he will have decisions to make on the fourth line. As such, both Pandolfo and Caron will both take part in the warmup.

On the Blackhawks’ end of things, Toews took part in morning skate, two days after the Chicago captain missed the third period of Game 5 following a hit from Johnny Boychuk. Marian Hossa, who missed Game 3 but has played the last two games, was not on the ice for morning skate. Hossa’s absence shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he has missed morning skates despite remaining in the Blackhawks’ lineup.

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Patrice Bergeron misses morning skate at 10:45 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron was not present for the Bruins’ morning skate Monday at TD Garden as his status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals remains up in the air.

Bergeron left Game 5 with an undisclosed injury, but it is likely not the spleen injury that Sportsnet reported given that he was able to fly to Boston on Sunday. With Bergeron not at morning skate, Carl Soderberg centered Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr, with Kaspars Daugavins also taking a turn on the line.

Furthermore, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg were back together after being split up in the third period of the Bruins’ Game 5 loss.

The lineup in morning skate was as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Marchand – Soderberg – Jagr
Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Pandolfo/Caron – Peverley – Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Krug – McQuaid

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Claude Julien: ‘Really good news’ that Patrice Bergeron ‘day-to-day’ for Game 6 06.23.13 at 3:40 pm ET
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Claude Julien insisted Sunday afternoon upon his return to TD Garden for media availability that he is being as forthcoming as possible when it comes to the undisclosed injury of Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins center reportedly injured his spleen in the first period of the 3-1 Game 5 loss in Chicago Saturday night.

“He’s day-to-day,” Julien began his press conference. “Isn’t that good enough? Day-to-day. [It’s] a body injury.”

But Julien did show a sense of humor. Julien reported that he heard that Brad Marchand was asked about the way Bergeron looked on the plane ride home from Chicago Sunday morning.

“Was that you that asked Marchy that question?” Julien inquired.

Then Julien informed the media that he had a funny conversation with Marchand about Bergeron.

“[Marchand] said [Bergeron] looks dashing in his suit,” Julien said before getting serious again. “Guys, day-to-day is really good news to me, anyways, should be to you guys.”

Julien made one more reference to Bergeron when asked if Bergeron’s availability would factor into continued playing time for Carl Soderberg on the second line with Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr.

“What does day-to-day mean? I don’t know if he’ll skate [Monday morning],” Julien said of Bergeron. “He may, and that’s what day-to-day is. I’m trying to be as clear as I can here. At the same time, I like Soderberg’s game. Anybody who knows that this guy hadn’t played in two months and played the way he did should be impressed. I know I was. He had good jump. He had no fear.”

Julien said he may have to look for ways to shuffle his lines if Bergeron is not ready to play Monday night in Game 6.

Julien also said he fully agreed with the league’s decision not to discipline Johnny Boychuk for a hit in the second period on Blackhawks captain Jonthan Toews. Toews remained on the Chicago bench but did not play at all in the third period.

Nathan Horton was sporting five stitches above his left eye after taking a hit to the face shortly after Chicago’s first goal in the first period Saturday. Horton said he’ll be suited up and ready for Game 6.

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Report: Patrice Bergeron suffered spleen injury in Game 5 at 6:01 am ET
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CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron left Saturday night’s Game 5 in Chicago with a spleen injury, according to a report from Sportnet’s Nick Kypreos. Bergeron suffered a hit during a 4-on-4 late in the first period, played two shifts and did not return. He was spotted leaving the United Center in an ambulance, sitting up and conscious. Kypreos said a source indicated to him that Bergeron was dealing with a possible spleen injury.

Bergeron leads the Bruins with four goals in the Stanley Cup finals series and has nine goals and six assists in 21 games in the playoffs.

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Claude Julien on Patrice Bergeron: ‘He may be in the next game’ 06.22.13 at 11:58 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Claude Julien was a frustrated head coach Saturday night after he lost Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Blackhawks at United Center, 3-1, and in the process lost his best all-around player to an undisclosed injury.

Pressed about the nature of the injury suffered by Patrice Bergeron and his prognosis, Julien tried to be as clear as he could before losing some patience.

“Well, no update, and I think there’s no concern until you get an update,” Julien said. “As far as we’re concerned, he’s just getting evaluated
right now. Not much I can say on his situation.”

Asked what happened, Julien said he was not at liberty to say.

“No, not really,” Julien said. “It’s just an injury that wasn’t able to let him finish the game. He may be in next game. I’m not going there.

When asked if this was an existing injury that was aggravated, Julien reached his boiling point.

“Guys, I’m not going there, so anything else but injury here. I’ll update you when I have an update. There’s nothing more. We can ask a million questions. I don’t have any more information than probably you guys do right now.”

Carl Soderberg, tabbed to take Kaspars Daugavins spot on the fourth line, found himself centering the No. 2 line when Bergeron went out early in the second period.

“I thought we could use him, and although he had very limited experience in this league, he’s still a pretty skilled player and had a good year. I thought if we were going to give him a shot, tonight was probably a good time for it. He showed me enough to be able to move into Bergy’s spot. I thought he played well, and although there wasn’t maybe the chemistry that you see with that line usually because it’s his first time, certainly not disappointed in the way he played tonight.”

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Patrice Bergeron leaves Game 5 in ambulance at 10:31 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron was taken from the United Center in the middle of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night via ambulance and transported to a local hospital, first reported by WCVB’s Mike Lynch and later confirmed by the Bruins.

Bergeron appeared to take a hit late in the first period during a 4-on-4 situation on the ice but he did return to play a limited amount in the second period. He came out after just two shifts in the second and did not return. He was not on the Bruins bench to begin the third period.

Carl Soderberg took Bergeron’s place on the second line, centering Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr.

The Bruins confirmed the report but did not announce details of the injury.

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A closer look at Bruins’ scoring — and Corey Crawford’s glove — in finals 06.20.13 at 7:21 pm ET
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It’€™s kind of awkward that the book is now out on Corey Crawford, and everyone knows it.

Glove side. Glove side, glove side, glove side. The Bruins have scored 12 goals in the Stanley Cup finals, and 10 of them have beaten the Blackhawks goaltender’€™s glove. The Bruins played dumb on Thursday, a day after they scored four goals glove side on Crawford. Asked whether players might overthink it now when they want to go glove side and they know that Crawford knows they’€™re thinking glove side, the smart alecky Brad Marchand cut off the question.

‘€œI thought it was five-hole,’€ Marchand said with a straight face.

Yeah, no. Glove side. Always go glove side. Tyler Seguin joked that perhaps the B’€™s will have to go stick side from now on to keep Crawford on his toes, but he tried that in overtime and it didn’€™t work. Go glove side.

Here’s a breakdown of each Bruins goal scored this series — who scored it, where they beat Crawford, and which Blackhawks were on the ice.

Game 1: Lucic at right circle hashmarks glove side  — Hjalmarrson, Sharp, Toews, Oduya, Hossa
Lucic slap shot glove side — Hjalmarsson, Handzus, Oduya, Bickell, Kane
Bergeron (PP) slap shot glove side — Keith, Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Handzus

Game 2: Kelly rebound of Paille shot, stick side with Crawford down — Leddy, Sharp, Handzus, Rozsival, Kane
Paille in overtime glove side wrist shot — Keith, Seabrook, Kruger, Bollig, Frolik

Game 3: Paille snap shot from right circle glove side — Leddy, Sharp, Smith, Rozsival, Bolland
Bergeron (PP) stick side from bottom of the circle — Seabrook, Toews, Oduya, Bolland

Game 4: Peverley (PP) glove side, Crawford missed it by a mile — Hjalmarsson, Saad, Handzus, Rozsival
Lucic backhand in front off Chara rebound glove side — Hjalmarsson, Sharp, Toews, Oduya, Kane
Bergeron (PP) rebound off glass in front, high glove — Seabrook, Kruger, Oduya, Frolik
Bergeron snap shot below glove — Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Oduya, Bolland, Shaw
Boychuk slap shot glove side — Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Oduya, Bolland, Shaw


Here are some takeaways and trends:

– Glove side.

– From rewatching the Bruins’ goals, it’s pretty interesting how little screens have had to do with beating Crawford. Unless you want to count Johnny Boychuk‘s goal in Game 4 as one, none of the Bruins’ goals have been from the point. Boychuk stepped up and was almost to the high slot by the time he released his shot. Nathan Horton was skating by late in the play, but Crawford saw Boychuk’s shot the whole way.

It hasn’t been about establishing bodies in front, but rather creating off turnovers (Chris Kelly‘s goal, Daniel Paille‘s goal in Game 3) and burying rebounds (Kelly’s goal, Lucic’s goal in Game 4, Bergeron’s goal in Game 4). Of course, burying rebounds as closely as the Bruins have means they’ve been getting to the front of the net, but they haven’t need to set up and screen Crawford so their D can beat him from the point.

– Even on the rebounds, the Bruins are going glove side. Watch Bergeron’s goal in the the second period of Game 4. The puck bounced off Crawford’s mask, off the glass and back over the net in front, but Bergeron’s instinct was still to go high glove rather than just trying to jam it in. These guys haven’t just read the book on Crawford. They’ve memorized it.

– The sequence on Rich Peverley‘s goal featured great plays from Andrew Ference and Peverley, but yowzers was that a softy.

– No Bruins goals this series have been redirected past Crawford. They’re beating him cleanly.

Niklas Hjalmarsson was on the ice for all three Bruins goals in Game 1 and four of their five goals in Game 4.

Johnny Oduya was on the ice for four goals against in Game 4, as was Marcus Kruger.

Andrew Shaw was not on the ice for a Bruins goal until Bergeron’s second goal in Game 4. He was also on the ice for Boychuk‘s game-tying tally.

Bryan Bickell has been on the ice for only goal against in this series. Part of that can be explained by the fact that he was on the fourth line in Game 3 and wasn’t exactly playing against top scorers.

Duncan Keith has been on the ice for two Bruins goals. Zdeno Chara has been on the ice for six Blackhawks goals.

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