forward Patrice Bergeron
was hospitalized with a concussion and a broken nose after being knocked unconscious when he was hit from behind into the boards by Philadelphia Flyers
defenseman Randy Jones
late in the first period of Saturday’s game.
Jones was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct after the hit, which came with 3:53 remaining in the opening period.
Bergeron, 22, was taken off the TD Banknorth Garden ice on a stretcher; doctors were forced to cut off his jersey and shoulder equipment as they worked on him. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was evaluated by team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins.
"After initially losing consciousness on the ice, Patrice has regained consciousness and has been taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is undergoing a series of tests," Zarins said.
"Patrice has sustained a concussion and a broken nose. The initial x-rays and CT scan have not shown any other serious injury to his head or neck, and he has full feeling and motion in all of his extremities. We will continue to monitor Patrice and await the final results of his medical study."
As for Jones, the Flyers’ blueliner made a statement that was issued by the Flyers while the game was still ongoing.
“Words really can't express the way that I feel right now,” Jones said. “I am very apologetic for the hit and what I did. It was not intentional. It is something that I have never done before and it is not part of my character. I am extremely sorry. I hope he does OK and everything works out for him. I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”
Bergeron was injured while chasing a loose puck with Jones behind the Philadelphia net. The center absorbed the heavy hit directly to his back, hit the glass face-first and went straight down to the ice on his back. His eyes were closed and he didn't seem to be moving. The game was delayed for 15 minutes while Bergeron was taken off the ice.
Material from wire services was used in this report.