By Allan Muir
UPDATE: Reports circulated after the game that Patrice Bergeron may have suffered a ruptured spleen. Unconfirmed estimates suggest the injury could sideline him for as much as six months. Much of this is uncorroborated at this point, so we’ll have to wait for the Bruins to comment before knowing the exact severity of the injury.
Jonathan Toews sat out the entire third period, but stayed on the bench and joined his teammates on the ice for postgame celebrations. That suggests he didn’t suffer a brain injury and should be available for action on Monday.
If the Boston Bruins are going to stage a third-period comeback, they’ll have to do it without star center Patrice Bergeron.
Boston’s leading contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy appeared to tweak something during a second-period dash for the puck. He played just over two minutes in the period and, after taking one quick 16-second twirl midway through the period, was glued to the bench the rest of the way.
When asked by NBC’s Pierre McGuire to clarify Bergeron’s situation, Boston coach Claude Julien replied, “Let’s just say were gonna give him a little time.”
The Bruins have now confirmed that Bergeron has left in an ambulance.
The Hawks might have an equally devastating injury to deal with. Captain Jonathan Toews missed several shifts to start the third after taking a vicious shot to the head from Boston defender Johnny Boychuk on a daring drive to the net late in the second.