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Patrice Bergeron slowed by strained oblique muscle

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 27, 2012 12:22 PM

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Patrice Bergeron played through a strained oblique muscle. Bergeron said he first felt the injury in Game 3. Bergeron aggravated the injury in Game 5, when he was limited to three third-period shifts.

Bergeron will not require surgery.

“It was probably 60 percent. I don’t know exactly. I’m not very good at that,” Bergeron said. “It was just hard to battle – reaching out and trying to battle when my arm was extended. I couldn’t get to full speed. It was always there.”

Bergeron had a scoring chance in overtime of Game 7. Based on replays, GM Peter Chiarelli believed that Bergeron’s injury prevented him from stretching out fully to pursue the puck.

Bergeron also had a broken nose.

* Tim Thomas’s no-movement clause will expire on July 1. The same day, Tuukka Rask will become a restricted free agent. The Bruins could move Thomas and allocate part of his $5 million annual cap hit toward Rask’s next contract. Chiarelli, however, downplayed any possibility of trading Thomas.

“I know I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie and all that stuff,” Chiarelli said. “Certainly, I’m not inclined to do that. Tim didn’t have, statistically, the year he had the year before. But I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top two or three goalie tandems in the league.”

* Tyler Seguin will most likely require surgery on his left hand. Seguin was injured on March 15 against Florida. Two days later, Seguin was a game-time decision against Philadelphia, but was able to play. Seguin said the injury didn’t affect his game too much.

* Brian Rolston has not decided on whether he will play again next season. Rolston will reach UFA status on July 1. Rolston said if he doesn't retire, he'd like to be back with the Bruins.

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