CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron left the arena in an ambulance. The Bruins headed home on the brink of elimination.
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals didn’t go according to plan for Boston, with Patrick Kane scoring two goals to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory and 3-2 series lead on Saturday night.
The Bruins must win at home on Monday night to force a seventh game and keep their hopes alive for a second championship in three years.
“We’re going to fight,” David Krejci said. “We’re going to fight with everything we have and force Game 7.”
It would help if they had Bergeron. But their top forward’s status is in question after he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance with an undisclosed apparent back injury. There were no immediate updates regarding his condition this morning; one national media report citing “Bruins sources” lats last night indicated that Bergeron had sufferd a spleen injury, but that could not be confirmed this morning.
Bergeron had skated gingerly off the ice after playing just parts of two shifts in the second period, and coach Claude Julien didn’t say much about it afterward.
He would not reveal how it happened or any other details. He did say Bergeron “may be in the next game,” but brushed aside further questions.
“Guys, I’m not going there, so anything else but injury here,” Julien said. “I’ll update you when I have an update. There’s nothing more. We can ask a million questions. I don’t have any more information than probably you guys do right now.”
The Bruins don’t have much more time, either.
What they do have is a history of fighting back when they’re close to being knocked out.
“We’ve been down this road before,” Krejci said. “In past years, we’ve been missing some key players and other players that (were) at the top. This is the time of the year when other guys are going to step up and you know it’s do-or-die for us.”