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June 27, 2013

Bruins' Bergeron being observed for lung puncture

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron has a punctured lung and is at a Boston-area hospital for observation.

The Bruins forward was admitted Monday night, after Boston lost to Chicago, 3-2, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden — a defeat that ended the season.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien addressed Bergeron’s status yesterday, the same day they held exit interviews with the players.

“He played through all of this, and he was a warrior,” Chiarelli said. “I can’t say enough about his performance and what he did while being injured.”

Bergeron was already slowed by injuries headed into Game 6. He was a question mark to even play due to a broken rib and torn cartilage. After not participating in the morning skate Monday, he appeared during warmups and played in the loss. In the first period, though, he suffered a separated shoulder.

“After the game, obviously, he was in pain from his ribs and stuff like that, which is an automatic thing. The doctors said let’s send him to the hospital for observation, so he went there,” Julien said. “I think they did the right thing and the right job by sending him there.

“And then he just stayed.”

Bergeron had 10 goals and 32 points in the shortened regular season, as well as nine and 15, respectively, in the postseason. Combined, he had a plus-26 rating this year as the Bruins won the Northeast Division, and defeated the Maple Leafs, Rangers and Penguins to secure a second Eastern Conference title in three seasons.

“It was a challenge,” Julien said. “I think the biggest one, as we mentioned there, we had some guys, some key guys, that were injured along the way, and on a lot of occasions, we weren’t able to finish with the same number we started.”

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