It’s been a very physical Stanley Cup Finals so far for both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, but noting personifies that more so than the Bruins assertion that Patrice Bergeron had to leave Game 5 in Chicago because of a broken body. Boston head coach Claude Julien said that the Bruins forward is day-to-day with an injured body.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said Patrice Bergeron is “day to day” with an injured “body.” #Blackhawks
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 23, 2013
It’s fitting that Julien characterized the injury the way that he did as it’s truly been a bruising series so far. Boston has been able to get to the Stanley Cup by beating teams up and getting inside their heads. It worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston was able to out hit the New York Rangers as well. But while they’ve been playing this physical style of play all postseason long, it seems to be finally catching up with them and Bergeron is a guy Boston does not want to lose.
Game 6 will drop the puck on Monday in Boston which means Bergeron has another 24 hours to try and heal his “injured body” and get back on the ice for the Bruins. Otherwise, we may see a kind of collapse by Boston that we saw late in Game 5.