Game 5 wasn’t really going the Bruins way all night long but things got scary for them during the second intermission. Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was taken out of the United Center in an ambulance and taken to the hospital for undisclosed reasons. Bergeron played very little time in the two periods he was available and it didn’t appear as though he had suffered a hit that would have prompted the type of exit Bergeron took.
According to NBC’s ice-side reporter Pierre McGuire, Bergeron nor the Bruins gave a specific reason for Bergeron leaving during the second intermission. Per NHL.com:
“Let’s just say right now we’re going to give him a little bit of time,” Boston coach Claude Julien said to NBC’s Pierre McGuire during a second-period on-camera interview.
While he was available, Bergeron played just 49 seconds in the second period with his 33-second shift early in the second period being his last of the night. He looked very sluggish while on the ice and it appears the intensity and physicality of this series is catching up on both sides. Jonathan Toews has been getting blasted all game long and hasn’t looked himself.
But the concern is over Bergeron and the fact that he left the game without a specific reason. Bergeron’s loss has effected the Bruins and his absence on the ice is not something that Boston wants to have to deal with as he’s without a doubt been a leader and the star for Boston so far in the Stanley Cup playoffs.