We won’t know if Patrice Bergeron dodged a bullet for some time. All we know is he didn’t dodge Yannick Weber’s shot during a second-period Montreal power play tonight, and after the Boston Bruins’ 5-4 win over the Canadiens the veteran center couldn’t bear to remove his right skate.
“I don’t want to,” said Bergeron, who assisted on Mark Recchi’s game-winning goal in overtime after running over Maxim Lapierre to make a steal at the Montreal blue line.
After Bergeron took the shot off his foot, he skated to the dressing room for a brief respite and the rest of his team held its collective breath.
“The only good thing about it was it wasn’t very hard. If it was a big slap shot, then there might’ve been some uh-ohs. Because obviously he’s important,” said Recchi.
So, was Bergeron confident that he escaped with just a minor injury?
“I think so. I don’t know. I finished the game, so … yeah, I am (confident) I guess,” he said sheepishly.
We’ll find out more tomorrow. Luckily, the Bruins play two meaningless regular-season games and then won’t start a playoff series probably until next Thursday. So he’ll have plenty of time to heal up.