Originally written June 25, 2013 on Around The Rink:
Patrice Bergeron hunches over in pain during Game 5 of the Cup Final. Photo: Matt West, Boston Herald After Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, no one was sure if Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron would be able to play in Game 6. During Game 5, he was only able  to log 6:06 of ice time before leaving to be hospitalized with a mysterious ailment. The Bruins kept his injuries under wraps (excuse the pun), but prior to last night’s contest, it was uncertain as to whether or not Bergeron would be able to make a go of it. But, before the puck dropped, No. 37 for the Bruins announced that he’d suit up for Game 6. As it turns out, he was going to play despite a broken rib. And torn cartilage. And a separated shoulder. Bergeron soldiered on, but the Bruins ended up losing, thanks to an epic 17-second meltdown with under two minutes to play. Could a healthy Bergeron have made the difference? Possibly, seeing as he was a point-per-game player throughout the Stanley Cup Final before suffering his injuries in Game 5. Still, that’s all speculation. Chicago’s won their second Cup in three years, but not for a lack of effort and heart on the part of Patrice Bergeron. A broken rib, torn cartilage, and a separated shoulder. Because it’s the Cup, indeed.
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