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Just over a week ago, Patrice Bergeron had trouble breathing. His face was pale. It was not because the Blackhawks had punted the Bruins from the playoffs.
Sometime during Game 6 — Bergeron and the team suspect it was after the first period — either a broken rib or a nerve-blocking shot opened a hole in one of his lungs. By the time Bergeron arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital after the season-ending loss, the lung had collapsed.
“I felt like my chest was closing in on me,” Bergeron said Tuesday at TD Garden. “The doctors didn’t want to take any chances. There is an X-ray machine here. But you couldn’t tell, really. It wasn’t clear enough for them. So they wanted to make sure. Luckily enough, they made the right decision.’’