Saturday, May 7, 2011

Patrice Bergeron Out With A Mild Concussion

The Bruins star center will likely miss one or two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He suffered a devastating hit by Flyers forward Claude Giroux. He left last night's game and did not return. He immediately went to the quite room and failed the SCAT test, thus ruling him unable to return. Giroux will face no disciplinary actions by the league for the hit.

Bergeron suffered a concussion a couple of seasons ago and that one was deemed a severe concussion. The Bruins will take every precautionary step before he makes his return. Tyler Seguin is the logical choice to replace the Bruins top point accumulator during the postseason. Jordan Caron and Jamie Arniel are also in consideration, according to Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli.

Hopefully the Western Conference semifinals will continue to extend beyond the weekend. Even though the Eastern Conference finals is set between Boston and Tampa Bay, they cannot start the series until both conference finals are in place. The longer the San Jose-Detroit series and the Vancouver-Nashville series go, the more time Bergeron will have to heal.

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