Bergeron talks about playoff injuries

BOSTON -- Speaking for the first time since he was admitted to the hospital after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Boston Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron gave a detailed timeline of the numerous injuries he suffered against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bergeron suffered torn rib cartilage in Game 4 of the finals, a broken rib on his left side in Game 5 and a separated right shoulder and a punctured left lung in Game 6. The puncture eventually caused the lung to collapse, and Bergeron ended up in the hospital following Game 6, spending three days there.

"I'm feeling a lot better," Bergeron said Tuesday. "The ribs and the shoulder now just need some time to rest but it's a lot better.

"In Game 4, my cartilage torn in the corner against [Michael] Frolik, so that's when it started and it obviously escalated because I kept playing and didn't have time to heal it. In Game 5, it was either the first or second shift, I got hit again right on the ribs and that's when I'm sure it cracked and it got worse. I tried to go back in the second and after the second period, the doctors, because the pain escalated they were worried about the spleen so we had to go to the hospital [in Chicago] and get it checked and everything was fine."

When the Bruins returned to Boston for Game 6, Bergeron said he wasn't sure if he would be able to play. He decided he wanted to play so he and the team decided the nerve-block procedure would allow that.

"In my mind, for sure, I wanted to play," Bergeron said. "I was hoping for the pain to go down but that wasn't the case. After Game 5, I was in a lot of pain. The next day I was just trying to find a way manage the pain, I guess, but it was definitely there. On the day of Game 6 we met with the doctors and they were telling me the only way I could play was to have a nerve block, otherwise the pain would be too high, so I did that in order to play."

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