On Monday night, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and two of the bigger stars in the series remain questionable due to injuries that they suffered just this past Saturday.
Both Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews were banged up in Game 5, but according to numerous reports leading up to Monday’s contest, the two should be in each respected lineup. Toews was injured, but he remained on the bench through the conclusion of the Blackhawks’ 3-1 win. Bergeron however, was transported to a local hospital for an apparent spleen injury.
Boston is facing elimination on Monday and despite the uncertain injury surrounding their star center, head coach Claude Julien is confident that Bergeron can play. While Toews’ importance to the Blackhawks speaks for itself, Bergeron hold an even larger key for the Bruins, simply based off the impact that he has had during the team’s current playoff run.
Bergeron has connected on four power play goals during the team’s postseason success and has seemingly played hero on numerous occasions for the Bruins. If Boston wants to survive and play a Game 7, they need their star on the ice.
While it appears as if Bergeron will play, the expectations surely have taken a dip and Chicago knows that he is banged up. It’s going to be interesting to see what type of impact Bergeron provides the Bruins on Monday.
If the first five games of this series have been any early indication, hockey fans (expect those in Chicago) are hoping that this series gets extended to a seventh game on Wednesday.
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