This morning Bruins fans woke up to the good news that after leaving Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final with an “body injury” and then being seen leaving the United Center in an ambulance, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron traveled back to Boston on the team plane with his teammates.
Bruins fans got even more good news later Sunday when Bruins head coach Claude Julien met with the media and updated everyone on Bergeron’s status.
“He’s day-to-day. Well, isn’t that good enough? Day-to-day” said Julien.
It certainly didn’t look good for Bergeron last night as Bergeron was seen skating gingerly off the ice during the second period. There really wasn’t much contact on Bergeron prior to the injury so the cause of Bergeron’s injury was pure speculation.
“Guys, he’s day-to-day,” said Julien. “And day-to-day is really good news to me, anyways. It should be to you guys.”
Day-to-day is indeed good news for Julien and the Bruins as the B’s prepare for a must-win Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden, a game that will be even more difficult to win without Bergeron in the lineup.
What exactly it was that forced Bergeron to leave Saturday’s game was a hot topic in Boston on Sunday and rumors started to swirl it was a spleen injury, but according to CSNNE Bruins insider Joe Haggerty, that is not the case.
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 23, 2013
Obviously Bergeron’s teammates know the importance of having their number one center in the lineup.
“Yeah, I said he looked really good today” said Brad Marchand. “He had a nice suit on, very dashing. [Laughter] Obviously, he’s a big part of the team and hopefully he can play tomorrow.”
Carl Soderberg got the nod over a struggling Kaspars Daugavins in Game 5, and the former Swedish Elite League star knows his role with the team for Game 6 will increase if Bergeron is not healthy enough to go.
“Usually in Sweden I play a lot so I’ve done it before, but for the team its best Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] comes back tomorrow” said Soderberg.
“So that’s what we hope for. We don’t know what it is, but hopefully he’s back, and then I can play wing or try again.”
The Bruins already are facing an uphill battle as they’re one loss away from their season ending just shy of their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. Losing Bergeron would only make their climb that much more difficult.