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Injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron held a press conference Thursday to send a message about hitting from behind. In a nutshell - don’t do it.
He said he wanted to send that message not just to kids, but to his fellow NHLers.
from Bud Barth of the Worcester-Telegram & Gazette,
The Philly hierarchy obviously is condoning, if not encouraging, this caveman mentality that goes far beyond the NHL toughness standard and enters the barbaric sphere of intent to injure — and injure badly.
Downie’s incident could have been excused as an isolated case. After Boulerice’s hit, it smacked of team policy. Now, with Jones’ infraction being perhaps the ugliest of all, how can you not consider conspiracy?
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
...If Chiarelli or anyone else want to skew that view to suggest I said Bergeron is “guilty” of something, well, that’s just not right.
I rarely, if ever, buy into the victim as the guilty party mentality that pervades society, not just the NHL. The victim is the victim. The perpetrator is the perpetrator.
My only point is that in the pantheon of NHL indiscretions, Jones’ act – not necessarily the consequences of it – falls into the middle of the road. Can you separate the two – the act and the consequences?
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
GM Peter Chiarelli provided an update on Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a Grade 3 concussion six days ago when Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones belted him into the TD Banknorth Garden boards.
“He could be out a month. He could be out two months. He could be out a year,” Chiarelli said.
Chiarelli said that Bergeron can hold a conversation for several minutes, but then becomes tired and loses focus.
update 9:39pm, also from the Bruins Blog,
Chiarelli’s had enough.
“Those are the terms I’ve been using. Ludicrous and absurd,” said Chiarelli. “I guess I’m angry at some of these takes. Commentaries, web sites, talk radio—you should hear some of the talk radio out of Montreal. They’re saying he’s partially at fault for this. It angers me. It angers the Bruins organization that they’d say it’s his fault in this case. To say he should have been more careful retrieving the puck, to me, is absurd.”
From the AP via Santa Barbara News,
The Boston Bruins recalled goalie Jordan Sigalet from Providence of the AHL on Tuesday after Manny Fernandez sustained a slight strain of his left knee in practice earlier in the day.
Fernandez and another veteran, Tim Thomas, had been sharing the goaltending duties.
Update 7:45pm ET
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,
Chiarelli said the strain might keep Fernandez sidelined for the next two or three days, which might put him out of uniform for Thursday’s game against Buffalo. With Jordan Sigalet recalled to replace Fernandez, all signs point toward Tim Thomas starting on Thursday.
Chiarelli said the strain was not related to the left knee sprain Fernandez sustained last season.
From Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
It happens all the time. New coach, new attitude, new results.
It happened in New York when the Islanders hired Ted Nolan. The tide turned across town when the Rangers brought Tom Renney on board. Columbus is buzzing with Ken Hitchcock teaching the Jackets how to play, just like the culture shifted when the Carolina Hurricanes hooked up with Peter Laviolette.
The Boston Bruins are hoping that first-year bench boss Claude Julien brings a similar reversal of fortune. The first order of business, right at the top of Julien’s “to do” list, is always to change the culture.
“I don’t know if there’s a challenge, but the one thing you do want to do is establish an identity for this hockey club and we certainly want to have a better year this year,” Julien told NHL.com.
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,
“Bruins’ defenceman [Andrew Ference] spoke about the bigger issue: How players need to know they’re carrying the fate of others in their hands.“It’s not Philadelphia,” he said. “I don’t think Philly is a team of goons and no coach is telling his players to go out and paralyze someone. It’s up to the guys on the ice to be responsible, and if they’re not, then they have to pay the price.
“There’s always talk about a lack of respect [among NHL players],” Ference added, “but the biggest question is if guys understand how much trust is involved in playing hockey – trust between you and your opponent. You’re trusting players coming down won’t do that to you and you won’t do that to them. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”
Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was released from hospital Sunday after being held overnight with a concussion and a broken nose.
The team will address Bergeron’s status on Monday.
Bergeron suffered the injury after being knocked unconscious when he was hit from behind into the boards by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones late in the first period of Saturday’s game.
(*all previous coverage and links regarding Bergeron’s injury are here)
fromm Matt Kalman of the Hockey Journal,
Everyone was able to release a slight sigh of relief – knowing that the result of Jones’ reckless action could’ve been even worse. Bruins head coach Claude Julien was still cautiously optimistic because he knows things could turn in the days ahead. When asked if he thought the hit was dirty, Julien didn’t pull any punches.
“I had the opportunity to look at it, and if people are calling that accidental, when a guy puts his arm behind a guy’s head, his feet leave the ice, I don’t think that’s accidental. So yes, it was a dirty hit,” the bench boss said.
update 7:03pm, Bergeron has full movement, concussion and broken nose.
Note 5:33pm, I will be adding to this post, so make sure to check the permalink page on occasion. Also, Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan was live blogging the game and is updating as information becomes available.
5:35pm, Video added on the permalink page.
5:55pm, Randy Jones issues a statement, found at the bottom of the post, go to the permalink page…
Bergeron was hit from behind by Randy Jones. He was stablized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
No report yet… You can follow along at this thread on HFBoards...
added 5:16pm, TSN report...
added 5:19pm, from the Sports Ticker via Yahoo,
Bergeron was in the offensive zone and had just passed the puck when Jones checked him from behind, crashing Bergeron headfirst into the glass and metal divider.
Bergeron lay motionless for 10 minutes while team doctor Thomas Gill tended to him. Gill and Bruins trainers worked to get the assistant captain on a flat support before lifting him onto a gurney.
The crowd gave Bergeron an ovation as he was taken off the ice and to an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital.
Jones was given a five-minute boarding penalty with a game misconduct.
added 5:24pm. from the AP via NHL.com,
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