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Bruins provide minimal update on Bergeron

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  December 20, 2008 04:26 PM

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Prior to departing the Garden for their charter flight to St. Louis (for a game there tomorrow night), the Bruins offered little update regarding Patrice Bergeron, felled in a collision with Dennis Seidenberg near the middle of the second period of Boston's 4-2 win over the Canes.

Coach Claude Julien, in his post-game comments, went only so far as to say Bergeron was ''dazed'' in his collision with the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Seidenberg. However, Julien did not specifically answer whether Bergerson sustained a concussion.

According to Julien, the club will release a statement once the doctors have evaluated him.

''We'll get that out to you guys,'' Julien told the media, ''and get it to you....clear and precise.''

Given Bergeron's injury history and the force of the blow--Bergeron' smacked the right side of his face up around Seidenberg's right shoulder and face before crashing to the ice-it would be likely that the fifth-year pivot sustained a concussion. If so, he would miss at least a week, per standard NHL operating procedure.

Even if the medical staff were to deem it an insignificant blow, the Bruins probably would try to convince Bergeron to take a cautious approach, possibly keep him out of action over the next five games (all on the road) before they return to the Garden for Jan. 1.

Julien would not say if Bergeron had been taken to a local hospital, but the Globe learned approximately one hour after the game that the hard-luck kid from Quebec was being evaluated an a nearby hospital.

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