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Pierre McGuire on D&C: Bruins ‘unbelievably resilient’ 06.24.13 at 12:29 pm ET
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NBC sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Monday morning to give his thoughts on the Patrice Bergeron injury, Zdeno Chara‘€™s play and the first impression of Carl Soderberg.

Bergeron, who left Game 5 with a ‘€œbody injury,’€ did not participate in the morning skate prior to Game 6 Monday night. However, if Bergeron is unable to play, McGuire said he thinks that the Bruins can have success without their assistant captain.

‘€œThey can come back from it,’€ McGuire said. ‘€œIt’€™s a big loss, but they can come back from it. This is one of the most resilient teams I have seen in the last seven years in the NHL. They are unbelievably resilient. So they can overcome it. It won’€™t be easy. I think everybody knows that. But I could see them overcoming it. This is where your core leadership steps in. This is where Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic take it to another level and everybody else follows.’€

While Bergeron did not participate in the morning skate, McGuire said that it is a good sign for the Bruins that the 28-year-old center took the flight back from Chicago to Boston between games, because that may eliminate the idea that he suffered an internal injury.

‘€œIf you have a punctured lung, if you have a lacerated spleen, if you have any kind of internal — and this is from talking to doctors; I’€™m not a doctor but I’€™ve talked to doctors about it — if you have any type of internal injury like that or the potential for a punctured lung, they can’€™t put you on an aircraft,’€ McGuire said. ‘€œIt’€™s just too dangerous. The fact that he was able to get on an aircraft and fly back home, I think that is positive more than negative.’€

Without Bergeron and his defensive skill in the lineup, it puts more work on the shoulders of Chara, who has struggled in recent games. Chara is minus-5 in the last two games despite recording a goal and two assists in the process. McGuire said that Chara’€™s struggles are a result of good strategy from Chicago.

‘€œYou want to make the bigger person go back and get the puck,’€ McGuire said. ‘€œYou want to put some physical pressure on him. You want to get him out of his comfort zone. If Zdeno Chara is allowed to get into a comfort zone, he can dominate a game. So Chicago has done the right thing by attacking him.

‘€œThe guy that has made probably the biggest difference on that has been Brian Bickell. Again, in-series adjustments by Chicago and Joel Quenneville by putting [Patrick] Kane and [JonathanToews together, but also putting Bickell on that line and creating a snow plow effect so that that big body can go around and start bouncing some Bruins players.’€

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Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron both expected to play Game 6 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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