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Bergeron in Boston-area hospital since conclusion of Game 6 (Update: Has hole in lung)

Jun 26, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

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The Bruins held their locker clean-out/break-up day on Wednesday, with one notable exception — Patrice Bergeron.

The Boston forward did not attend the media session, as he has “been under observation at a local hospital since the conclusion of Game 6,” according to the Bruins’ Twitter account.

That Bergeron is under medical watch doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given reports he was playing with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder in the last game of the Stanley Cup Final.

What’s more, Bergeron was knocked out of Game 5 and sent to a Chicago-area hospital for observation with what was rumored to be a spleen injury.

Game 6 ended late Monday evening and given it’s now Wednesday morning, the injuries suffered were at least serious enough to keep him overnight in hospital, which begs the question — should Bergeron have played?

Some thoughts from Twitter:

As @FriedgeHNIC points out, there is an information gap on Bergeron. Let’s see why he has been in the hospital. But questions are legit.

UPDATE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron has a hole in his lung, thus explaining the hospital stay.

“It was a very small puncture (in the lung), but Patrice is fine now,” Chiarelli told CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    You’ve got to play hurt if in the SCF if; 1) doctors diagnose that an injury won’t get worse 2) your life and career are not in danger 3) coach determines that whatever the injured player can contribute is better than a 100% healthy reserve player.

    We don’t know why exactly he’s still under observation, but it was apparent he and others we’re not 100%. Nonetheless, we was able to distribute and take a few hits not without pain, but still surprising.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Well if twitter users are questioning it….

    • koredan - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Three of the most intelligent and competent hockey journalists currently working who happened to be commenting on Twitter, not “Twitter users.” For all the lousy hockey minds in the press these days, these three are not among them (especially Friedman, the one bright spot of HNiC’s Hot Stove).

    • mp1131211 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      and if hockeyflow is trying to diss it….. well then its probably legit!

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Wasn’t he examined by Chicago doctors? Perhaps they’re just letting their own team physicians get a good look at him? I would REALLY hope that Boston wouldn’t sacrifice a players health and career over a single playoff game. Even if it was the SCF elimination game and he is one of your best skaters. Or maybe he was just misdiagnosed the first time? If a patient has very generic symptoms its very common to get misdiagnosed. Sometimes the ailment has to get worse so more specific symptoms surface and the proper diagnosis can be made. That being said, if there was any possibility that the condition was serious enough for him to be hospitalized several days than they shouldn’t have had him play. I could be wrong though. I don’t want to accuse Boston’s organization and medical staff of doing anything they shouldn’t have been doing. There’s not enough details to pass judgement on the decisions that were made. Obviously somebody with influence thought he was okay to play.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Which begs the question, are you his mother?

  5. titansbro - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    The Bruins wouldn’t risk him. He’s getting a huge long term extension this offseason.

  6. dvo085 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    PC said Patrice is fine; clarified it was small puncture in his lung that likely happened postgame (wouldn’t have been able to play w/it) Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins)

  7. giantssb42champs - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I’m no doctor but on the surface it’s amazing this guy was allowed to play. I’m sure the players assoc will look into it.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Are these grown adults capable of making their own decisions or are they children?

      This is hockey, unpaid guys will play through terrible injuries in men’s leagues, what do you think a hockey player won’t do to get his name on the Cup?

  8. singlemalt66 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Absolutely, they risked major injury to Bergeron. Obviously his broken rib was unstable enough that with a good hit it could have ruptured his spleen, another internal organ, or collapsed a lung ( which it apparently did on a small scale). Any of which can be life threatening. They numbed up his ribs and sent him out. Irresponsible and stupid on the part of any medical professional. Should be investigated on multiple levels because it shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

    • dial1911 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Are you nannies kidding me?! Who the heck put you, a doctor, or anyone else in charge of this man’s life? He’s an adult, the most the medical professional should be doing is giving him all the information with which he can MAKE HIS OWN DECISION. Honestly, this is the most bizarre whining I have heard, “OMG investigate this, this is seriously bad, someone was allowed to do something that I think might be dangerous or scary.” Maybe you should investigate getting bent.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        TRUCK YEAH! Now that’s the kinda comment I can give a thumbs up on :-)

      • singlemalt66 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Do you think that they actually told him all the potential risks or just said you’ll be ok we’ll just get you numbed up so you can play? Yes, he is an adult, but that doesn’t mean he was given enough information to make an informed decision. A MD must approve a players return after a concussion, why not for something that is also potentially life threatening. NFLers complained and later sued that they were pushed to play injured and did permanent damage to their bodies. Some of these kids are 18, 19 and clueless. They need to be protected even if it is from themselves. Investigate getting your head out of your a** and act like a human.

      • dial1911 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Were you there? Did you see the objective evidence of serious injury? Did you observe the obfuscation allegedly perpetrated by the physician? No, of course you didn’t. You’re just ASSuming the facts of the situation.

        Do you know these athletes? Can you comprehend their will to compete? I’m guessing we’re 0 for 2 there.

        Stop pushing rules for issues that make you feel squishy. We don’t need more rules and regulation, we’re born with freewill. Don’t want to get paid millions to play sports? Don’t. Don’t want to play in the SCF for fear of life-threatening injury? Don’t. Continue to presume that you know what Bergeron’s medical advice was? Don’t.

      • tuberippin - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        “Who the heck put you, a doctor, or anyone else in charge of this man’s life?”

        I’m going with “the people who pay his hefty salary.”

    • mp1131211 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      And off topic, what is your favorite single malt? Currently I’m working on a bottle of Caol Ila 12 year and a Laphroaig quarter cask. Both are excellent!!

      Cheers :)))

      • singlemalt66 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Macallan 18

      • mp1131211 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        The only ninnies here are the ones thumbs downing this important single malt discussion.

        Macallan 18 is nice, too. I prefer the peated whisky though.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Why do you think you know more than doctors and team medical staff? Oh I forgot, you read three paragraphs on hockey talk

  9. jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Doctors during investigation:

    Questioner: “Did you not see this dark mark on the X-Ray?”

    Doctor: “THAT’S what that is? Oh I just thought it was a smudge. We done here? I gotta go interview for the Chargers team doctor’s job.”

    • mp1131211 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    • tuberippin - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Reminds me of the episode of the Simpsons where Dr. Hibbert realizes that for the entire time he’s known Homer, he had his thumb over Homer’s x-rays, concealing the crayon that had been lodged in Homer’s brain for decades.

  10. buffalomafia - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Get well!

  11. girouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    What a f***’in tank!!

  12. northstarnic - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I’m no bruins fan. But if Bergeron and Campbell represent the group, man, what a group of warriors they’ve got there. On the other hand, in pro sports team doctors/medical staffs have a responsibility to diagnose and recommend a safe way forward for these athletes. Obviously, if he was playing with busted bones that could, and possibly did, puncture internal organs, someone either made a mistake or was purposely negligent.

  13. earpaniac - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I have had broken ribs several times. It hurts to breath, laugh, and even move. One time I had broken ribs I needed help putting my shirt on every am. Big time respect that he played. This is why hockey is incredible. You have him, Campbell, Handzus was playing with a broken wrist, etc. You won’t see that type of dedication in other sports.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      I cracked ribs during a night of heavy drinking, and ended in ambulance to Mass General. A tear or crack, I could see him playing and maybe even hitting. I can’t believe the Bruins organization would risk his career if he had broken ribs and a punctured lung. On the other hand, he looked like he could not skate in period 2 of Game 5, and two nights later he’s throwing hard checks in Game 6. Kind of amazing.

  14. tripps3 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I know hockey players are the toughest as they come – but did he make an positive impact during game 6? Playing hurt works if you can contribute.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Yes he did

  15. modellforprez - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I hope u croak. at least never play again like savard.

  16. flyersfan67 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Who cares, if he couldn’t play he wouldn’t have been cleared. All this is is the bruins making excuses why they blew the lead and cup. Pathetic!!!

    • drewzducks - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      As a Fleur fan you would certainly be an expert on pathetic.

  17. blackhawks2010 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Interesting how you don’t hear about all the Blackhawks injuries…..

    • peterbuelow - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      They won, so the injuries don’t mean as much. But Hoss (pinched nerve/bulging disc) and Shaw (broken rib/face in pieces) both played with significant injuries, and Bickell seems to have played all season on a bum knee. Give both teams credit. You sell your soul for a chance to hoist the cup. Awesome series.

      But yeah, the Bruins injuries have gotten an enormous amount of coverage relative.

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    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      Must be a Phoenix staff member hedging his/her bets on the vote…

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