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July 13, 2013

Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to 8-year extension

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Bergeron said he didn’t think much then about how the concussion might affect his future.

“It never really crossed my mind at that time,” he said. “I was really just trying to stay in the moment and try to get back on my feet and get good again. I wasn’t really thinking about the future and long term.”

Now he has one Stanley Cup championship, in 2011, and one bid that fell just two wins short when the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the title in six games on June 24.

The prospect of contending for another Cup was “a huge factor” in his decision to stay in Boston.

“You want to keep doing it, keep reliving the moment, the way that we felt in 2011 after winning the Cup. Those are the memories that you never forget,” Bergeron said.

He was outstanding throughout his 22 playoff games, tying for the team lead with nine goals, including two winners in overtime.

The second-line center played the last game of the finals with a broken rib on the left side and a separated right shoulder. After that 3-2 loss, when Chicago came from behind with two goals in the last 1:16, he was hospitalized with a punctured lung. He was released two days later.

Doctors have told him he could resume working out on July 22, four weeks after the injury. He needs that time to heal from the procedure in which a hole was put in his ribcage to allow air out and let the lung re-inflate.

“It’s really more of my lungs than anything else,” Bergeron said. “My shoulder and my ribs are feeling better.”

A talented playmaker and checker, he won the Selke Trophy in 2011-12 as the top defensive forward in the NHL.

He led the league in 2012-13 in faceoff percentage, winning 62.1 percent of them. In his nine seasons, he has 153 goals and 280 assists. He had 10 goals and 22 assists last season.

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