Sunday, December 8, 2013
By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press
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Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins says he doesn’t need surgery and should be ready for the start of training camp.
The Associated Press
As the game went on, he could feel his energy fading. When it ended, he endured the tradition of shaking hands with his opponents and went to the locker room.
From there, Bergeron went right to Massachusetts General Hospital, where a puncture was found in the lung.
"I kind of had trouble breathing a little bit," he said. "I felt like my chest was closing in on me so the doctors didn't want to take any chances. There's an X-ray machine (in the locker room), but they couldn't tell, really. It wasn't clear enough for them. They wanted to make sure and, luckily enough, they made the right decision because I went there right away and they found out that my lung had collapsed."
General Manager Peter Chiarelli said he thought the lung was punctured after the game.
"If it had happened during the game, he would have felt the pain and then he wouldn't have been able to play," Chiarelli said last week.
At the hospital, a tube was put in his left side for a few days to remove air from the area where the lung collapsed and make sure it stayed inflated, Bergeron said. Some teammates visited him there on Wednesday, the day he was released.
"It was actually nice to see a bunch of guys and be able to talk a little bit," he said.
While he recovers, he hopes to get an extension of his three-year contract that runs through next season.
Bergeron tied for the team lead with nine playoff goals and had 15 points. He led the NHL in winning faceoffs, and he won the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward the previous season.
So he's "very confident" he'll get an extension.
"It would mean a lot," Bergeron said. "It's a team that believed in me when I was 18 and when I was coming up and now, like I said before, it's my home. I feel like it is, and I love the city. I love the people, definitely love the organization."
He'd love another Stanley Cup. That's why he played through the pain.
"There's no regrets on my part," he said. "I did whatever I could've done to help my team and try to be there for our biggest game of the year."