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Patrice Bergeron recovering from playoff injuries

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 2, 2013 10:39 AM

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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will not need surgery as a result of the injuries he suffered during the Stanley Cup Final.

Bergeron tore rib cartilage in Game 4 when he was checked by Chicago’s Michael Frolik, and he broke a rib on his left side in Game 5. Bergeron required a visit to a Chicago hospital because team doctors were concerned about an injured spleen. Bergeron flew back to Boston with his teammates the next morning.

To dull the pain on his left side, Bergeron had a nerve-blocking shot prior to Game 6. Bergeron separated his right shoulder during the first period of Game 6 when, he said, he was trying to protect his left side and fell awkwardly on his right side.

Doctors gave Bergeron another nerve-blocking shot during the first intermission. Neither Bergeron nor doctors have determined whether the second shot or the broken rib caused a punctured lung that sent him to the hospital for two days after Game 6. Bergeron said he felt his energy wane during Game 6.

After Game 6, Bergeron had trouble breathing, and he went to Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors discovered his lung had collapsed. Bergeron stayed at MGH for two more days.

“I felt like my chest was closing in on me,” Bergeron said Tuesday at TD Garden, where he met with media because he missed last week's exit-day interviews. “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. I went there right away and they found out my lung had collapsed.”

Bergeron is close to signing an eight-year extension. It could allow Bergeron to stay with the Bruins for his entire career.

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