The Boston Bruins are on the wrong side of a historic and legendary Stanley Cup Finals, but their efforts in the series will never be questioned for a single second. One of the leaders on this Bruins team was forward Patrice Bergeron and it was revealed right after the Blackhawks won the Cup that the Boston star had been playing the series with a broken rib and a separated shoulder.
Bergeron’s ailments definitely explain why he had to leave Game 5 early and exit the United Center in an ambulance to be taken to the hospital.
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 25, 2013
We’ve heard this happening all postseason long as once a series is over, the losing team announces a slew of injuries that players were fighting though. The Los Angeles Kings played the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals and once they lost, it was revealed that basically half their team had torn ligaments, broken bones or some other ailment.
Bergeron was a stud for the Bruins all postseason long and his absence in Game 5 was felt tremendously. Had he been at full strength we likely would have seen a very different outcome to this series. But just the fact that we saw what we saw out of Bergeron now knowing that he quite literally had a broken body goes to show you just how badly guys want to hoist the Stanley Cup and the lengths they’ll go to in order to see that dream realized.