BOSTON — Torn rib cartilage in Game 4.
A broken rib in Game 5.
A separated shoulder in Game 6.
Patrice Bergeron played through it all in the Stanley Cup final. And that doesn’t include the collapsed lung that the Boston Bruins star learned about after skating up and down the TD Garden ice in the last game, trying in vain to keep the season going.
“I don’t know if there’s pride,” Bergeron said Tuesday. “Some people would say it’s stupid.”
He was in the hospital last Wednesday when his teammates met reporters for the final time, two days after the season ended with a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth game. So on Tuesday, he stood at a podium in the Bruins locker room, hands in the pockets of his pink shorts, and matter-of-factly recited his medical record.
At least his legs were spared.
“It’s all good,” Bergeron said. “I’m 100 percent (in the) lower body.”
The stitches sewn at the end of his right eyebrow while he sat on the bench in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers were gone. The red scar on his nose was still visible from the fight he had with Evgeni Malkin in Game 1 of Boston’s four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference finals.
His spleen checked out OK after an ambulance took him from the United Center during Game 5 of the last round in Chicago. He hadn’t been diagnosed with a concussion since the fourth of his career sidelined him for six games in April.
But moving on, Patrice, how about next season?
Bergeron said he doesn’t need surgery and should be ready for the start of training camp.
“I just need,” he said, “I guess, a couple weeks.”