Bruins say center Patrice Bergeron day-to-day
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org June 23, 2013 8:22PM
Updated: July 25, 2013 6:39AM
BOSTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was discharged from a Chicago hospital late Saturday and returned to Boston with his teammates early Sunday. But his status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final is in doubt.
‘‘He’s day-to-day,’’ Bruins coach Claude Julien said Sunday at TD Garden. ‘‘Day-to-day.’’
Bergeron left the ice after playing only 49 seconds in two shifts in the second period of Game 5 on Saturday and went to a hospital for observation. Julien wouldn’t even budge when asked if it was an upper- or lower-body injury.
‘‘Body injury,’’ Julien said. ‘‘Day-to-day is really good news to me.’’
The Bruins sounded ready to go with out Bergeron, who has scored four goals in the Final and is their best all-around player.
‘‘He’s a big part of our team, obviously,’’ Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said. ‘‘He does everything for us. But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. If he’s missing, we just have to play with the guys we have.’’
The Bruins are known for their resilience and ability to adapt to an opponent’s strength. But they’ve struggled to find an answer for the Blackhawks’ speed.
‘‘Their [defensemen] are really good at moving the puck up, and they’re able to find that speed,’’ forward Brad Marchand said. ‘‘They are very good at making that first pass. They’re able to hit their guys with speed and find the lane.’’
Winger Marian Hossa’s 16 minutes, 23 seconds of ice time in Game 5 was his lowest in the postseason.
‘‘He’s getting better, and we expect him to play,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said.
Ready to go
Though they won Game 5
after a two-day break, the Hawks are 3-3 in the playoffs with two days between games. They are 8-4 with one day between games, 3-0 with three or more days between games and 1-0 with no days between games.
‘‘I think the two days off in between sometimes gets to you because you want to play pretty quick after a game, especially when you have momentum,’’ winger Patrick Kane said. ‘‘But I think [the scheduling] worked out perfect. Especially this time of year, with injuries and bumps and bruises, you want to rest up for that day and make sure you’re getting ready for the next game.’’
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who won the Norris Trophy in 2009, is an uncharacteristic minus-5 in the last two games. Chara was a plus-12 heading into Game 4 and never had been worse than a minus-2 in the playoffs.