BOSTON — After his team’s 4-2 win over Carolina at the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien did not have a definitive update on the status of Bruins center Patrice Bergeron.
The veteran forward left the ice under his own power along with trainer Don Del Negro after a second-period collision with Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Bergeron was attempting to forecheck as the blueliner crossed the red line and Bergeron’s head hit Seidenberg’s shoulder at full speed. Bergeron was facedown and motionless on the ice for a brief time.
“I don’t know. The doctors have been looking at it,” Julien said. “They haven’t given us any indication as far as the severity of it. I think everybody saw it was that collision at center ice and obviously he went down a little dazed. Right now, I even talked to the doctors after the period, they were looking at him, still right now we’re not able to give you a verdict.”
Julien said that after the second period he spoke with Bergeron, who seemed alert and aware.
The time Bergeron was down was obviously more worrisome because of his history. He missed almost all of last season after suffering a Grade 3 concussion as a result of a hit from behind by Philadelphia’s Randy Jones.
It was a credit to the Bruins that they were able to refocus after the injury and rally for the victory.
“You think about him and you hope everything goes OK,” center Marc Savard said. “He’s a big part of this hockey club and hopefully we get him back sooner than later this time.”