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Bruins might face elimination without Bergeron, Corvo

Apr 21, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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If the 2012 playoffs weren’t already turning into the Summer of Upsets, then it would be truly shocking that the Boston Bruins being down 3-2 in their series with the Washington Capitals. Either way, the defending champs face possible elimination on Sunday, and they might just need to survive without underrated two-way center Patrice Bergeron and offensive blueliner Joe Corvo, according to CSNNE.com Joe Haggerty.

Here’s Haggerty on what might have caused Bergeron’s issues.

Patrice Bergeron left the ice early in his second shift of the third period after taking an Alex Ovechkin hit near the offensive blueline that appeared to catch the B’s center in the head. Bergeron waved B’s trainer Donnie DelNegro off when he attempted to approach the center on the bench following the collision, but the two-way pivot only played one more shift for the rest of the contest.

Bergeron looked sluggish and labored during the only shift he hopped out for as a right wing, and he once again ended the shift early when things obviously didn’t feel right.

The Capitals scored two goals in the third period while Bergeron was essentially out of action, so containing Washington could be that much tougher without that Selke-caliber forward.

Corvo isn’t necessarily known for being a great defensive stopper, but losing him likely wouldn’t help matters for the Bruins, either. Haggerty describes Corvo’s potential injury situation, too:

Joe Corvo went down in the second period after absorbing a Mike Green slapper to the knee that sent him down to the ice, and resulted in a goal when Corvo couldn’t return to the play. The refs didn’t blow the whistle when Corvo originally went down, and it essentially created a 5-on-4 situation when the B’s defenseman couldn’t get back into the play.

The Bruins and Capitals will face off in Game 6 at 3 pm ET on Sunday, so there isn’t exactly a lot of time for either player to recover. Hockey players are known to fight through injuries in the playoffs, but we’ll see if Corvo or Bergeron can fight through it.

  1. habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Oh well. But at least he will be able to go to a movie with Horton and Savard if he gets clearance from Dr. Recchi.

    • govtminion - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Making fun of concussions. Classy as ever.

      • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        Little bit of your own medicine.

      • steelwarriors55 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        I hope you dont expect habs fan to be classy because they dont know what class is.They do know how to call the police during a hockey game though

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      If its a Caps player who gets grazed by a stick, they go down like they got shot. Corvo was trying to play but clearly in far too much pain. As for the phantom penalty in the 3rd – so be it. In hockey you are going to have bad calls on either side. The Bruins haven’t deserved to be leading this series. Yet. I wouldn’t bet against this bunch though, especially if their most respected player (Bergeron) is out. I think this rallies them.

      Habsman you are a classless clown. If you think its funny to say Savard, Horton, and Bergeron are out then you are worse that I once thought. These are arguably three of the best players on the team. Imagine what they would have done to your train wreck of a team. You need help dude. Show some respect. If only for your own health.

  2. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Aw, crap.

  3. nobandwagoners - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Ah, bye, bye Bruins.

  4. watermelon1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Way to make it sound like the refs cheated the bruins in some way.

    Let’s just ignore the bruins antics after every whistle, and the ridiculous suspension to Backstrom when they’ve let so much worse go without a call for Boston(and the Caps).

  5. neelyisgod - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Shame on Corvo for not dropping back down laying on the ice and covering his face if he couldn’t get back in the play in order to get a whistle. I was there yesterday and the refs really put the whistle away on both sides.

  6. coacheskid - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Refs Blew the whistle two other times in game 2 and 4 when caps players went down in thier own end and Bs had possession. Consistency please

    • habsman - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Bruins lose = Refs fault.

  7. 8man - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Not worried about today’s game. Someone will step up. Game 7, if it happens won’t be until Wednesday. The question is whether or not Bergeron is out long term.

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