No. 3: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones’ hit from behind on Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was probably the lowest point of the Black and Gold’s calendar year of ’07.
Looking to bounce back after a dismal 2006-07 season, the last thing the Bruins needed was to lose their best two-way player for an extended time. After the hit, it was learned that Bergeron suffered a Grade 3 concussion — the most severe type, and one that would keep him out of game action for the remainder of the regular season.
The year 2008 got better for Bergeron as it moved on — starting with his return to the ice for a light skate in late February, through his workouts that had him ready to play (with doctor’s clearance) had the Bruins moved to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and then his return to game action in the regular season when the Bruins opened their current season in Colorado Oct. 9.
Little did he know that this year would close much the way the previous one did, and Bergeron’s trials and tribulations dealing with concussion problems is an obvious pick for the Top 10 Bruins Stories of ’08. (more…)