It’s locker room clean out day today at TD Garden, officially signifying the end of the 2017-18 season for the Boston Bruins. Players, coaches and executives met with the media for the final time this season to go over the season that was, look forward to next season and, as is tradition, pour over the litany of undocumented playoff injuries.
Amongst the Bruins playing banged up against the Tampa Bay Lightning last round were leaders like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara.
Marchand admitted that he had been suffering through a groin injury during the Bruins’ four losses to the Lightning, which explains why his production tailed off toward the end of the second round. It’s expected that with some rest, he’ll make a full recovery.
Brad Marchand was playing thru a groin injury in last 4 games of Tampa series. Zdeno Chara and Bruins still mulling possible offseason surgery for upper body injury. Think it’s a shoulder
As for Chara, the news is much more gruesome. The Bruins’ captain admits to a shoulder injury, as reported above by NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty, but then also admits that he suffered a fractured finger during the Bruins’ first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Chara tells @TheAthleticBOS that he suffered a fractured right index finger during Game 2 against Toronto and it will take 6 weeks to heal. Hoping for no surgery. Also, had played last eight weeks with a left shoulder injury.
Ouch. That…. that doesn’t sound very fun. Here’s hoping that if in fact Big Z does need surgery, that he makes a full recovery in time for training camp in the Fall.
As for Bergeron, his injury might be the most concerning to Bruins fans. First, because it looks like the veteran center may need offseason surgery:
Patrice Bergeron pulled his groin before the start of the regular season. Flared up again late. Might need surgery.
But maybe more concerning is the fact that Bergeron suffered yet ANOTHER concussion this postseason.
Patrice Bergeron was parked with concussion-like symptoms vs. Toronto. Never diagnosed with one. Also had a cold at the time. Doctors were cautious because of his history.
Wait… so he had concussion-like symptoms, but not a concussion per se? Seems like an odd diagnosis. Regardless, you can’t blame the Bruins’ medical staff for wanting to play things safe. Bergeron obviously has a long history with brain injuries, and given how important he is to the Bruins’ lineup and all we now know about the severity of CTE and post-concussion disorder, you can fault team doctors for taking the cautious approach.
Here’s hoping Berergon, Chara and Marchand all get the time they need to recover from their injuries and come back better than ever in 2018-19.