Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a fractured right foot. The Bruins announced Tuesday Bergeron sustained the injury while blocking a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and will be reevaluated in two weeks.
It appears that the veteran forward might have aggravated his foot injury after the x-rays following the loss to the Leafs were negative. Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe reported that Bergeron had left the Air Canada Centre with a boot on his right foot, adding that the veteran center was however not using crutches during his exit.
Bergeron then went on to play against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, logging 17:59 of ice time, but he did not feel right about his foot. Therefore, the Bruins medical staff determined it was best to have a secondary test. After undergoing a CT scan during Monday's trade deadline, it did reveal the damage and the needed recovery for his ailment.
The 32-year-old has 27 goals and 54 points with a plus-26 rating in 55 games with the Bruins this season. He surely has no luck when it comes to injuries close to the postseason. Back in the 2013 playoffs, Bergeron suffered through a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscle tissue and a separated shoulder, which he injured during the Game 6 loss and elimination game to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was then revealed that he has played through it all with a small puncture in one of his lungs.
Bergeron is definitely on the top line in the NHL, as he is playing in his 14th season in the National Hockey League. The two-way forward is on track for his fifth Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward in the league, while also leading the team in goals with 27 tallies. He could also become a strong Hart Trophy candidate for his extraordinary work with the Bruins.
Boston did land Rick Nash from the New York Rangers on Sunday ahead of the trade deadline, which could always help the scoring punch while Bergeron is sidelined. The Rangers acquire Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren a first round pick and a second round pick in exchange for Nash. Fans are hoping that the two-week period will be enough for the veteran forward to return fully healthy to action, and ready for the postseason.
“It’s gonna hurt...but we’ve been through this early in the year with guys stepping up. Not one guy will replace Bergy," said head coach Bruce Cassidy. The coach added that for the moment, Riley Nash will slide up to Bergeron’s spot on the top line and David Backes will fill his role on the first power play unit.