The Boston Bruins are awaiting the end of the Western Conference semfinals matchups to determine what their Eastern Conference finals schedule will be with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Considering the news on Patrice Bergeron, they are hoping that the Nashville Predators and/or Detroit Red Wings can stretch things out a bit.
Bergeron was diagnosed with what is being called a “mild” concussion after taking a hit from Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that it’s likely Bergeron would miss the first two games of the series against the Lightning, if the series were to start as early as Tuesday.
Bergeron, the leading scorer for the Bruins in the playoffs with two goals and 10 assists, missed 72 games of the 2007-2008 season with a severe concussion.
That particular incident makes this current concussion even more noteworthy. After suffering that type of a concussion that had Bergeron out of action for months, wouldn’t any concussion after that be severe?
This is the playoffs, so any injury won’t be labeled the same as it would during the regular season. While Bergeron got right up after the Giroux hit, no doubt his bell had been rung once again, and because it’s the playoffs, Bergeron will do all he can to get back and help his team.
So, while the Bruins await their schedule, Bruins’ management is quietly praying for seventh-game matchups in the West.
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