2013 Stanley Cup Finals: Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews Each Leave Game 5 Early

By Randy Holt
Jonathan Toews
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We were treated to another doozy of a game on Saturday night in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Just as pretty much every game in the series has been, this one was a nailbiter, with the Chicago Blackhawks scratching out a 3-1 win, which included an empty netter, against the Boston Bruins.

Unfortunately, there was a bit of bad news to come out of this one, on both sides. It appears that each team’s Selke Trophy candidate suffered an injury, with little to report on what actually happened to each of them. Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews both were unable to finish Game 5, potentially with similar injuries.

For Bergeron, it’s extremely unclear what happened. He came up limp very early on in the second period, playing only 49 seconds. He didn’t appear in the third, which then came with the news that he had left the United Center to be taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

The fact that he was skating gingerly, without an appearance of an injury opens it up to a wealth of different theories. Any way you slice it, Bergeron had to leave the building during the third period. That’s serious stuff. If he’s out, the Bruins will lose not only their best two-way performer, but one of their only sources of consistent offense in this series.

On the Hawks’ side, it’s fairly easier to try and deduce what happened. Toews took a high hit from Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Standing in the Bruins’ slot, Boychuk appeared to catch Toews by surprise and get him in the head with his elbow. Whether or not it will warrant any discipline depends on whether the league decides the shoulder or head were the principle point of contact.

Toews did make it onto the bench for the entirety of the third period, but did not take a shift. If this is a concussion, it could be a serious one, as this is obviously not the first time the captain has had issues with head injuries. He had one towards the end of last season that left his status for the playoffs in doubt as well.

Stay tuned as updates on each of the two stars for the Bruins & Blackhawks continue to trickle out.

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