And the hits keep coming for the injury-riddled Boston Bruins. The team announced Tuesday that forward Patrice Bergeron will be out a minimum of 4 weeks with rib and sternoclavicular injuries.
The Bruins leading scorer and team leader was injured during the second period of the Bruins’ 1-0 overtime loss at Dallas last Friday. Bergeron will be reevaluated in four weeks. The Bruins also announced that they had recalled forward Colby Cave from Providence (AHL).
The news was first reported on Tuesday morning by NHL on NBC in-studio host Katheryn Tappen. Later TSN and NBC NHL Insider Darren Dreger who reported that the Bruins star center had a shoulder injury and will be out ‘”upwards of 4 weeks.” The Bruins then confirmed the injury and the four-week timetable which again, sounds like a conservative estimate.
Here’s the hit from Stars forward Radek Faksa that caused the injuries:
— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) November 17, 2018
The tough as nails Bergeron actually came back to finish the game and even came close to fighting Stars forward Radek Faksa who laid the questionable hit on him. Bergeron has battled shoulder injuries before, most notably in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final when he played two games with a dislocated shoulder and broken ribs, but given that it’s still November, the team obviously isn’t going to let him battle through this one.
The Bruins will now likely be without both Bergeron and captain Zdeno Chara (MCL) until the end of December. They’re also still missing defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vakanainen (both out with concussions), John Moore (lower-body) and Brandon Carlo (upper-body). The former two were to join the team in Detroit Tuesday but only to practice and not play against the Red Wings Wednesday night. They have not been ruled out for Friday against the Penguins in Boston and Saturday at Montreal against the Canadiens. Thankfully, defenseman Kevan Miller (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday.