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It was almost as if the Bruins’ press office didn’t have the words, or probably couldn’t bear even putting them to print, regarding the unfortunate news about Patrice Bergeron’s latest injury:
The Boston Bruins have issued the following update on Patrice Bergeron:
Patrice Bergeron sustained a rib and sternoclavicular injury during the second period of the Bruins vs. Stars game on November 16 in Dallas.
Bergeron will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks. — BostonBruins.com
So much for just missing the game in Detroit, as originally hoped. And forget “Chicken Little”… after this release & team update came in, the sky was figuratively falling all over Boston, including some folks even looking to the hockey gods in the sky for help!
Dear hockey gods, please just keep the Bruins in the playoff picture without Bergeron, please just keep them in a top 8 spot 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Brian Enos (@b_enos21) November 20, 2018
Bergeron and Chara both out for probably 6 weeks, Entire #Bruins defense injured except for Torey Krug. My expectations have officially plummeted for this hockey team in a season that looks to be completely derailed because of injury.
— Matt Bomford (@mattbomford81) November 20, 2018
In fact, when you take a look at the video of the hit that injured Bergeron, you can see why people are both up-in-arms and down-in-the-dumps about what happened because it certainly didn’t look good, especially from Faksa’s end (“Faksa You! the fans were shouting at bars across Beantown after it happened).
— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) November 17, 2018
However, thankfully, this isn’t the end for Bergy and the B’s. It’s very much far from it. Sure, four weeks on the DL sucks for your best player — maybe even the league’s best all-around player — and it comes at a time when nearly half the roster is also hurt, including your top D-man and Captain “Big Z” Zdeno Chara. But as many writers, bloggers & beat reporters who cover the B’s are espousing… sometimes when a guy like Bergeron goes down, other guys find ways to step up big.
“You can’t replace them, you’re not gonna replace them. But we can individually step up our game, and be leaders in our own way and just do the job.”
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 20, 2018
The Bruins will be tested the next several weeks without Chara and Bergeron. This is a great opportunity for the Bruins to see what they have in their young talent. Forbacksa-Karlsson, Lauzon, and Zboril will have a great opportunity to make an impression. @NHLBruins
— Kevin Gesterling (@KGesterling1) November 20, 2018
A glass-almost-full way of looking at the Bergeron-Chara injuries: Young Bruins get a taste of what it’ll take to win without those two stars, and it comes in the first half.
What’ll have to happen for the Bruins to stay contenders: https://t.co/nKnHrWfMQM
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 20, 2018
And my personal favorite Twitter take following the banged-up Bergeron news:
Predicting Boston Bruins will win 70 % of their games while Chara and Bergeron are out thanks to goaltending and ” no name ” players
— Jimmy McDonough (@JimDunna) November 20, 2018
To quote Brian Fontana of Anchorman lore, 60% of the time it works everytime. So, here’s hoping all of the above are true. Even if they’re not, Bruins hockey will still be exciting, if not surprising, to watch between now and the New Year, just for the new lines being juggled & formatted every night, the new players being called-up and perhaps even traded for, and the very timely sense of urgency and desperation that each game will bring (since this style of hockey usually doesn’t happen early in the season, but rather in March & April).
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No one, trust me NO ONE, in Boston or anywhere else around the hockey world (unless they’re soulless scabs) wants to see Patrice Bergeron, No. 37, injured like this… and definitely not for a month-plus. He’s the backbone of the Bruins, the spirit of the sport, the gentleman of the game and he’s about as entertaining and fun to watch as anybody:
So during a week in which we’re supposed to “Give Thanks” and be grateful for the special people in our lives, let’s all show some love for Bergy — as well as send him plenty of good vibes for a quick & speedy recovery. After all, getting him back before the next big holiday would indeed be something to be thankful for!
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