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Patrice Bergeron heads to Chicago hospital

Jun 22, 2013, 10:32 PM EST

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It’s unclear what exactly is bothering Patrice Bergeron, but it’s apparently worrisome enough that he’s headed to a Chicago hospital, according to the Boston Bruins.

If there’s any silver lining, it’s the fact that he didn’t need to leave on a stretcher. RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports that Bergeron suffered the ailment thanks to a Michal Rozsival hit in the first period.

Hockey players are renowned for their toughness and willingness to play through injuries – especially during the playoffs – so it’s not out of the question to wonder if he might play in Game 6 on Monday.

His Game 5 is functionally over with, however. It appears that Jonathan Toews is also banged up, so both the Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are dealing with potentially significant injury concerns on Saturday.

Stay tuned for updates.

  1. esracerx46 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    If you need to go to a hospital, you probably shouldn’t stay on the bench. Very odd.

  2. buffalomafia - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I think he is constipated and needs an enema?

    • spitfisher - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      you’re an idiot

    • drewzducks - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Buffalo mafia? An oxymoron from a moron.

  3. eaglesbest - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Nice officiating this game. Congrats to the officials for handing the Blackhawks the game 5 victory. Two obvious high sticks. One that cut open Horton not called and a great trip that Hellen Keller could see not called that led to the open net goal. Nice job stripes.

    • Anoesis - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Bruins should have gotten a power play for that, but with 30 seconds left it likely wouldn’t have mattered. The empty-netter didn’t change the outcome. That nasty Boychuk head-hunter special wasn’t called, either, so as lackadaisical as the officiating was you can’t say it cost the Bruins the game.

      • drewzducks - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        As a Bs fan I have to agree with you on that. And didn’t Horton get cut by Hossa’s stray stick when he was sitting on the bench? I don’t think that can be called a penalty.

      • chicagobtech - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        drewzducks, I think Horton was opened up by an errant puck that came off of Hossa’s stick rather than the stick itself. No penalty, and Hoss was decent enough to apologize right after it happened.

      • princeton155 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Yes,it was a puck on the bench

  4. chicagobtech - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Yuck. You never want to hear about a player going to the hospital. The good news is the Blackhawks’ team doctor works for the (arguably) the best hospital in Chicago. So he’ll be in good hands.

  5. Stiller43 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Lol officials handed them the game? Alright.

    I agree the krug trip was missed (and was very surprised it wasnt called at live speed), but that only matters if they find a way to score in the 20ish seconds that were left, and thats FAR from guaranteed.

    Refs are always gonna miss calls one way or another.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      It wasn’t a tripping penalty. He was playing the puck and that’s the rule.

      I hope Bergeron is ok, but they should be examining the team.

  6. groess - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Quit complaining about the refs…and I’m a Bruin’s fan. Face it, we got beat by the better team tonight. You can’t take shifts off against these guys. Better forget about this one and get ready for Monday. Great series!

    • princeton155 - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Thank you for saying it.The complaining about the refs is all I have read.The game was not decided by them,the B’s have been playing a good physical game,but things are not going to change unless they are able to adjust to the Hawks speed.

  7. edgewaterjoe - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Chicago radio is reporting a CBC story that Bergeron suffered a spleen injury. If true, Bergeron’s done for the series, to say the least …

  8. blackhawksdynasty - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    This sucks. I’ll probably say it again on another post too, but I hate seeing injuries at this point in the season. I want my team to win, but I want to see the opposition at it’s best. Here’s hoping Bergeron and Toews are both able to play Monday.

    BTW, blaming officials for a loss is childish. Calls/no-calls go both ways and tend to even out when it’s all said and done.

  9. giantssb42champs - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’m sure this is a dumb question, but can one even play with a spleen injury? Seems rare to hear about one.

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