Patrice Bergeron (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins will be without Patrice Bergeron Saturday after he suffered an injury in Thursday’s game. Bruins coach Claude Julien did not give details on Bergeron’s injury, but said he is day-to-day.
When the Bruins hit the ice Saturday against the Minnesota Wild, Boston will be without Patrice Bergeron. Bruins coach Claude Julien announced Bergeron has been ruled out of the contest and is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
The loss is a huge one for the Bruins, who are currently right in the thick of the playoff race. Bergeron is the team’s leading scorer with 21 goals and 47 points, and he’s arguably the best two-way center in the league. His absence could hurt Boston in every facet of the game, and the timing of his injury couldn’t be worse with the Bruins battling to get out of a wild-card spot and into a divisional playoff position.
It’s difficult to speculate on what the injury could be, but the hope is that Bergeron, who has a history of head injuries, hasn’t suffered another concussion.
During Boston’s 6-2 defeat of the Jets Thursday, Bergeron dropped the gloves with Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler. Bergeron took a few punches to the head from Wheeler. After the fight, Bergeron didn’t take another shift in the second period and he only had four shifts, totalling 3:15, in the third period. That’s boosted by a 1:59 shift on the power play, though, and Bergeron didn’t see the ice for the final 5:39 of the contest.
Bergeron was absent from Friday’s practice, too, after which Julien called Bergeron questionable for Saturday’s game.
If it is a head injury, there could be concerns about just how long Bergeron is out. Since October 2007, Bergeron has missed 102 games due to concussions. That includes a 79-game absence after a bad concussion suffered in October 2007 and 15 games on the sidelines after another concussion in December 2008.