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Bergeron added to injury list

By Fluto Shinzawa
Globe Staff / March 12, 2012
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PITTSBURGH — After the Bruins’ 5-2 loss, Mark Recchi, who lives in Pittsburgh, was making the rounds of the visiting dressing room. Given the blizzard of Black-and-Gold injuries, the Bruins might have been tempted to ask Recchi to climb on the team charter to Tampa.

Early in the first period, Adam McQuaid suffered an upper-body injury when he checked James Neal. On the first shift of the second period, Matt Niskanen pounded a slap shot off Patrice Bergeron’s left foot. Later in the second, Max Sauve departed because of a lower-body injury. Late in the game, Johnny Boychuk left the ice to check whether his nose had been bloodied after being boarded by Evgeni Malkin.

Of the four, only Boychuk finished the game. Bergeron, McQuaid, and Sauve will be re-evaluated in Tampa.

“Right now, I haven’t been told that anybody’s out for a long period of time,” said coach Claude Julien. “That’s basically all we’ve got to go with right now. The next day is probably when you have a better idea. Those bumps and bruises, you can normally get a better read on them the next day.”

Bergeron was limping heavily after blocking Niskanen’s shot. Because the Bruins couldn’t clear the zone, Bergeron couldn’t return to the bench for approximately 30 seconds. Bergeron limped to the dressing room, returned to take one shift, then left the bench again.

Bergeron came out for the start of the third. He took some hard turns before the puck drop. But Bergeron went back to the dressing room and never returned. His final line: 12 shifts, 7:19 ice time, four wins on nine draws. Chris Kelly replaced Bergeron between Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron.

The Bruins can’t afford to lose Bergeron for any kind of stretch. Bergeron is their most consistent player. Opponents could focus on shutting down David Krejci.

“Guys have to step up,” Boychuk said. “If it means you have to play an extra five minutes or however many minutes – we’re relying on different guys – you’ve got to step up and play that extra minute.”

Ference back in

Andrew Ference played on Sunday for the first time since March 1. Ference had missed five games because of a lower-body injury. Greg Zanon was the healthy scratch for the second time in the last three games.

Ference had one shot in 19:06 of ice time.

If McQuaid has to miss any time, Zanon would most likely be the first defenseman back in. Mike Mottau was also a healthy scratch against the Penguins.

First whirl for Sauve

Sauve, the team’s second-round pick in 2008, made his NHL debut on Sunday. The 22-year-old skated on the third line with Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston in place of Benoit Pouliot, who missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

Sauve’s debut didn’t last very long. Sauve left the game in the second period because of an undisclosed injury. Sauve skated seven shifts for 3:43 of ice time.

The Bruins had three players in their lineup whose fathers were former NHLers: Sauve, Gregory Campbell, and Lane MacDermid. Jean-Francois Sauve played for Quebec and Buffalo. Colin Campbell played for Pittsburgh, Colorado, Edmonton, Detroit, and Vancouver. Paul MacDermid was a member of the Hartford, Winnipeg, Washington, and Quebec organizations.

Malkin boards Boychuk

At 13:29 of the third, Evgeni Malkin hit Boychuk from behind into the boards. Malkin was called for boarding. Boychuk, who suffered a concussion on Feb. 25, left the ice because he thought his nose was bleeding. Boychuk returned after several minutes.

“It was Malkin, that hit, right? It wasn’t [Matt] Cooke?” Julien asked sarcastically. “OK.”

Julien added that he didn’t like the hit, but that he wasn’t going to waste his time pondering whether Malkin should be disciplined.

Crosby remains out

Sidney Crosby is getting closer to returning, but he didn’t dress against the Bruins. The Penguins kick off a three-game road swing on Thursday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. With practices scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s possible Crosby could return on Broadway. Crosby hasn’t played since Dec. 5 against the Bruins… Marty Turco could make his first start as a Bruin on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. “It’s your job to be ready, get in there, and give guys a chance to win,” Turco said of Sunday’s relief appearance. “I don’t look at the big picture too often. In the small picture, it felt good to get back in there and play. I’ve always maintained that I play to win. It’s only fun when you win. It was disappointing. We played hard. We had an opportunity to close the gap. We have to figure this out quick.”… Krejci logged 23:23 of action, most of any forward, because of Bergeron’s injury… Daniel Paille sat out his fifth straight game because of an upper-body injury. Paille skated prior to Sunday’s game… The Penguins were without Kris Letang (concussion), their dynamic puck-moving defenseman. Letang (9-22—31) has been limited to 40 games because of two head injuries this season… Benoit Pouliot (lower body) missed his second straight game… Sunday marked the final time the Bruins appeared on NBC during the regular season… The Penguins have two former Huskies on their roster: Joe Vitale and Brad Thiessen. They were Northeastern teammates for three seasons under Greg Cronin, who is currently an assistant in Toronto to Randy Carlyle...

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