The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron’s status for Game 6 – an eventual 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks – was up in the air until Monday’s morning skate, when coach Claude Julien declared he was confident he would play.
The team’s top center took to the ice, skating for 17:45 while working 24 shifts, and all while dealing with a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder.
Bergeron told reporters of his injuries after the Bruins’ stunning loss Monday night.
“To have him in our lineup tonight was a bonus,” Julien said. “There was nothing that was going to stop this guy from getting in our lineup, and that’s why I can’t speak enough about how proud I am of our players, because of things like that, and he wasn’t going to be denied that opportunity no matter what.”