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Patrice Bergeron won’t need surgery, ‘very confident’ about extension 07.02.13 at 11:53 am ET
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Because he was in the hospital during last week’s breakup day, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron met with the media Tuesday at TD Garden for a season-concluding press conference. He indicated that he will not receive any surgeries this offseason after playing with a broken rib, cartilage and tissue damage, a separated shoulder and a hole in his lung. He also said that after resting and allowing the injuries to heal, he expects to be ready for training camp.

Bergeron said that he does not believe the whole in his lung was suffered prior to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals , as an X-ray was taken before the game after he received a nerve-block procedure to help him deal with the pain. He did say that he received another shot in the second period, so it’s likely that the second shot was what punctured the lung.

As for a timeline on Bergeron’s injuries, he said the rib cartilage and tissue damage was suffered in Game 4 against Chicago, while he broke a rib on his left side in Game 5 and then separated his right shoulder in Game 6. Though all of the injuries and procedures forced him to spend three days in the hospital after the Bruins lost Game 6, the B’s alternate captain admitted that with the Bruins leading the Blackhawks in the final minutes of Game 6, he thought that he would play Game 7 in Chicago.

At that point I thought, ‘I’m just going to do the same thing all over and hopefully I can go through it,'” Bergeron said. “Now that I look back, I would have been in the hospital, so I wouldn’t have been able to play the game. It was a tough way to lose.”

It is believed that the Bruins and Bergeron, 27, will try to wrap up an eight-year extension for the 2011-12 Selke winner, and Bergeron said that he intends to spend the rest of his career with the Bruins.

“It would mean a lot. That’s the goal,” Bergeron said. “It’s the team that believed in me when I was 18 coming up, and now it’s my home. I love the city, I love the people and I love the organization. It would mean a lot to me and hopefully we can work something out.”

Asked if he’s confident the deal will get done, Bergeron responded, “Yeah I am.”

Added Bergeron: “I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but I’m very confident, yeah.”

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Peter Chiarelli on Patrice Bergeron: ‘Of course he was at risk’ 06.26.13 at 9:52 pm ET
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The only thing Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli felt certain of when it came to Patrice Bergeron Wednesday was that Bergeron was putting himself at some risk by playing with a broken rib and torn cartilage in Game 6 against Chicago.

Chiarelli confirmed that Bergeron, who also suffered a separated shoulder in the first period of Game 6, went to the hospital after the Blackhawks won the Cup and remained there for observation after it was determined that he had a small puncture in his lung.

Chiarelli said that Bergeron took a shot for the pain in his ribs before Game 6, “freezing” the area in pain.

“Of course he was at risk. Anytime anyone gets frozen up they’€™re at risk,” Chiarelli said. “Not for future injury, but from a pain perspective, and certainly he was at risk from the lung perspective, but it was a small puncture and he’€™s fine now.”

What was not clear from Chiarelli or Claude Julien on Wednesday is exactly when he suffered the puncture.

“There’€™s a freezing type of procedure, the nerve block, that Patrice opted to do so he could play in [Game 6], and at some point before or after the game, it could have been the cracked rib, there was a puncture in his lung,” Chiarelli said. “That’€™s why he was under observation following the game. It was a very small hole, and he’€™s fine. Patrice is fine. I don’€™t know when it happened.

“I don’€™t think he could have played if it happened during the game. I just, I don’€™t. I’€™m not a doctor, but I don’€™t think he could have played if it happened. He was aware of the risk going into it.”

Did Bergeron put his life at risk by playing?

“No, I don’€™t know exactly what had happened, but he couldn’€™t have played if it had happened during the game, so it may have happened after,” Chiarelli said. “We caught it and it was like he had a pain in his lung and we brought him to the hospital.”

It was Claude Julien who watched Bergeron closely from behind the bench throughout Game 6.

“If [punctured lung] had happened during the game, he wouldn’€™t have been able to recover as far as having that little puncture in his lung,” Julien said. “He wouldn’€™t have been able to recover, so the biggest speculation is that it didn’€™t happen during the game.”

“If it had happened during the game, he would have felt the pain and then he wouldn’€™t have been able to play, and the same thing, he would have been sent to the hospital and it would have been rectified,” Chiarelli said.

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Patrice Bergeron played with hole in lung at 1:02 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said at Wednesday’s breakup day that in addition to Patrice Bergeron‘s broken rib, separated shoulder and torn cartilage and muscle tissue, it was revealed after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals that Bergeron also had a small hole in his lung.

Bergeron was taken to the hospital following Game 6, where they discovered the hole in his lung. The team was unclear as to when or how the lung was punctured, though it was likely from a needle as a means of freezing the cartilage or from his broken rib. Bergeron left Game 4 briefly, left Game 5 and was taken to hospital and Chicago, and remains under observation in the hospital from his trip after Game 6.

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Patrice Bergeron ‘under observation’ in hospital after playing through injuries at 11:07 am ET
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Immediately after Monday night’s heartbreaking Game 6 loss that handed the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks, Patrice Bergeron re-entered the hospital and remains there, the team announced Wednesday morning during break-up day at TD Garden.

Bergeron announced after the game that he was playing with a broken rib, torn cartilage and torn muscle from earlier in the final before suffering a separated shoulder during Game 6. The team said Bergeron was “under observation” at a local hospital.

Brad Marchand, Bergeron’s line-mate, spoke Wednesday about what it was like to watch Bergeron try and play through the injury in Game 6.

“You can’t say enough about him,” Marchand said. “He’s such a warrior. The fact he was able to play the whole game, every time I came to the bench, I was kind of nervous about him. I kind of watched him and I could see the pain and agony he was in. It was unbelievable to see him play through that. It just gives you that much more respect for him.”

Rich Peverley added, “It’s hard not to be in awe of him, as a player and a man.”

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Barry Pederson on D&C: Bruins ‘are going to be a good team for a long time’ 06.25.13 at 10:05 am ET
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NESN analyst Barry Pederson, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan show, identified a number of roster decisions that now face the Bruins following their elimination in a Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks. Still, Pederson suggested that the team’s long-term outlook remains excellent.

With a number of young, still-improving talents like Tyler Seguin, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton, Pederson suggested that if Boston can re-sign restricted free agent Tuukka Rask and lock up Patrice Bergeron — who now has one year left in his contract — to an extension, the team has the core to continue to build upon its run of two Stanley Cup Finals and one championship in the last three years.

He emphasized the need for players like Tyler Seguin, Carl Soderberg and Jordan Caron to get stronger to help carry the Bruins through a 2013-14 season that starts in 13 weeks, but overall, Pederson pointed to a sunny outlook for a team that just endured a devastating defeat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Claude Julien on injuries: ‘This is not a time to make excuses’ at 12:53 am ET
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After Monday’s game, Claude Julien made it a point not to address injuries specifically because he thought that would come across as making excuses in the wake of a crushing Game 6 loss that handed the 2013 Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“The reason I’m saying that is because this is not a time to make excuses,” Julien said of not addressing specific injuries. “They’ve got injuries, too. As the series went on, talking about since the start of the Stanley Cup, we had some injuries. And again, it’s hard to keep guys out. They want to play through it, and some guys were able to do that. I think the biggest challenge for me was probably these last few
games starting with a full roster but not being able to end with it.

“Somewhere along the way you have to shorten your bench because you don’t have four lines and players were getting hurt either at the beginning or middle of the game, so that was probably the biggest challenge. But playing hurt is part of it, and our guys did that, and that’s why I said earlier you’ve got to be extremely proud of those guys. It’s going to take a little while before we can realize the accomplishment that we had in making it to the final again, but right now it doesn’t feel good.”

In addition to Patrice Bergeron playing with a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder, suffered in Monday’s loss, there were other Bruins playing through significant injuries.

As first reported by WEEI.com, Nathan Horton confirmed that he was playing with a separated left shoulder, which forced him out of the first overtime in the Game 1 loss in Chicago.

Tyler Seguin said he was playing through an injury that he is going to see a medical specialist about.

“I’€™ve got to see the docs [this week] and see what they say,” Seguin said. “I don’€™t know. I don’€™t want to say. I’€™ll talk to you guys. I’€™ve had the same problems my whole life.”

Then Seguin acknowledged the fact that – while he had a shortened NHL season – playing in Switzerland made for a long season.

“I played I don’€™t know many games ‘€” even though I don’€™t regret going to Europe, I definitely felt zeros pouring on in the end in the playoffs,” Seguin said. “I gave it everything I had in the tank tonight. I have no regrets looking back. Obviously I would have liked to pop a few goals for my teammates, but I’€™ve just got to move on and learn from it, and realize I’€™m still young, and have a great offseason to get ready for next year.”
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Patrice Bergeron played with broken rib, separated shoulder, more at 12:12 am ET
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All eyes were on Patrice Bergeron in the last two games of the Stanley Cup finals, as Bergeron left Game 5 in an ambulance and was back in the lineup, seemingly playing through something, in Game 6.

After the Bruins were eliminated, Bergeron saying he’d rather not discuss his injuries, said he figured they’d come out anyway, so he revealed a laundry list of ailments. Bergeron said that he was playing with a broken rib as well as torn cartilage and soft muscle tissue before separating his shoulder in Game 6. That’s a lot.

After the game, Claude Julien called Bergeron’s performance in the Cup finals a “big time courageous effort.”

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