BOSTON – Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was limited to just three third-period shifts in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden.
Bergeron was inadvertently elbowed by Alexander Semin at 14:40 of the second period. The Bruins alternate captain left the game, but returned later in the period.
In the third period, Bergeron took two hits from Alexander Ovechkin on one shift and took the ice just twice more the rest of the night, although he left the ice immediately after the faceoff both times. Bergeron, who finished second in the NHL in faceoff percentage this season, did not take either draw.
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Bergeron was still being looked at by the team medical staff. Game 6 is 3 p.m. Sunday, with the Capitals leading the series 3-2.