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Bear Essentials: Game Day @ Montreal

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
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Afternoon Update

Well, I haven't been the bearer of good news recently (Bergy), and apparently I am taking that role again this afternoon. The Providence Journal reports:

P-Bruins’ Sigalet hospitalized after collapse on ice

Providence, RI — P-Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet collapsed during the third period of last night’s game against the Worcester Sharks at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

P-Bruins head coach Scott Gordon said following the team’s 5-2 victory that Sigalet, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was alert and conscious when he was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

There was some thought in the team’s locker room after the game that Sigalet could have possibly been fatigued, a normal symptom of MS. There was no update on his condition late last night...His brother, Jonathan, is a defenseman for Providence and he immediately went to the hospital after the game was over...Following every P-Bruins game, Gordon hands out a yellow hard hat to the player who went above and beyond the call of duty. Last night it was in Sigalet’s locker.

“It hasn’t been easy for him,” said Gordon. “He never lets on that anything is bothering him and that’s what is amazing about him.”

Read the entire article here...

This need not be said, and obviously, we never want to see anyone go down -- but heck, this is my page, I consider Jordan a friend and I am feeling pretty low. So here is the truth:

Jordan Sigalet is the real deal -- a genuine, honest-to-God hero and we need those people in our lives and on the ice.

He told me recently that all he ever wanted was a shot, and was grateful for the cup of coffee he had in the NHL, and the ability to get paid doing what he loves.

Beyond that, he has used his own misfortune to spread the word about MS and has the
website and foundation to prove it.

God speed Jordan, get well soon. The hockey world needs you -- JB

In other news, Matt Hunwick flew up from New England after the P-Bruins game as a precautionary measure.

6:06 p.m.
We are closing in on game time and, like you, I can hardly wait until the puck drops. has this to say as far as the Habs lineup:

Higgins - Koivu - Kostopoulos
Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kovalev
Begin - Smolinski - Ryder
Latendresse - Chipchura - Dandenault
Markov - Komisarek (sg) Price
Hamrlik - Gorges (bg) Huet
Bouillon - Streit

I have this to say about the B's lineup"

Chara-Ward (sg) Thomas
Alberts-Wideman (bg) Rask
Stuart-Allen GO BRUINS

John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
6:13 p.m.

Reporting from Montreal, The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa reports:

"All signs point toward Jordan Sigalet, who suffered a multiple sclerosis-related event last night when he collapsed during the third period of Providence's 5-2 win over Worcester, making a quick recovery. Tuukka Rask spoke with Providence teammate Wacey Rabbit this morning, who said that Sigalet should be OK. GM Peter Chiarelli theorized that the recent construction at the Dunkin' Donuts Center might have contributed to Sigalet's third-period collapse last night. According to Chiarelli, Sigalet has not felt well in games at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena, where smoke and pyrotechnics exacerbate his MS-related symptoms."

Thank you Fluto and thanks to whomever is looking over Our Boys!

6:18 p.m.
Matt Kalman, from the New England Hockey Journal ( reports that Aaron
Ward "is scheduled to return to the line-up for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 8 as a result of an elbow to the head from Montreal defenseman Francois Bouillon. Bouillon was not disciplined by the league, and Ward’s missed two games since the hit.
But when he was asked about Bouillon and the hit, Ward said, “it’s over.” He then repeated those two words numerous times. He acknowledged that Bouillon made an attempt to contact him, but then wanted to change the subject.
When the subject shifted to his appearance in tonight’s game, Ward said: “If I needed anymore motivation, it’ll be great to play in front of a crowd in Montreal.”

Kalman also wrote that GM Peter Chiarelli said that Sigalet is feeling better.

And by the way:
Hey Fluto and Matt (both schoolmates of mine from Boston University) -- I know that they are the best in the league.

But how about keeping it to only two hot dogs (or chien chaud) each, at the Bell Centre Press Lounge, ok?

Sure, you can splurge on the cookies...

6:34 p.m.
Thank goodness for NESN.

According to on-ice reporter Rob Simpson, Jordan Sigalet is doing better, but remains in the hospital under observation -- BUT, his brother Jonathan is scheduled to play tonight for the P-Bruins, and obviously the younger Sigalet feels confident that his brother's condition is stable or else he would not have left his side.

All I can say is, "Phew."

6:50 p.m.
Aaron Ward just reitterated that the hit from Bouillon is behind him...hmmmm.

Maybe that's so for Aaron, but I'll bet breakfast at T. Anthony's that Milan "Big Lou" Lucic might have some words with Francis.

He never said as much, by the way, but Milan was just in a really good mood, yesterday. Too good a mood...

6:53 p.m.
Over to the running recap. Go Bruins.

7:34 p.m.

Boston lineup is:
Chara-Ward (sg) Thomas
Alberts-Wideman (bg) Rask
Stuart-Hunwick GO BRUINS

Looks like Bobby is sitting -- no word if it was because of injury.
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