BOSTON (CBS) — Minutes after the Bruins lost Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Patrice Bergeron reluctantly revealed to reporters that he began the night with a broken rib and torn cartilage and also suffered a separated shoulder during the game. On Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli added a “small hole” in Bergeron’s lung to the list of injuries.
As it turns out, Bergeron left the locker room that night and headed to the hospital for observation, where he remained until he was released on Wednesday evening.
Chiarelli said the hole in Bergeron’s lung most likely happened after Game 6, as he would not have been able to play with such an injury.
“He was a warrior,” Chiarelli said. “I can’t say enough about his performance and what he did while being injured.”
The Bruins announced via Twitter that Bergeron would not be present for the team’s break-up day, the final media availability of the season, due to his hospital stay.
Bergeron left Game 5 in Chicago on Saturday night and was taken to the hospital there, but he flew home with his teammates on Sunday and played through the injuries in Game 6 on Monday.
“It’s the Stanley Cup Final, everyone’s banged up, everyone wants to help the team and obviously I couldn’t do that in Game 5,” Bergeron said after the loss. “It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt, so that’s why we had to go to the hospital. But everything was fine so it was just the ribs, and the muscles, and the soft tissue. So obviously I would’ve liked to stay in [Game 5], but I was going through a lot of pain.”
Bergeron managed to play just short of 18 minutes in Game 6, which the Bruins lost in stunning fashion 3-2.