BOSTON - Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who missed most of last season with a concussion, left Saturday's game against Carolina in the second period after a collision with the Hurricanes' Dennis Seidenberg.
Bergeron went down face-first on the ice after finishing a check on Seidenberg as he was dumping the puck into the Boston zone. Bergeron was down and attended to for several minutes before looking wobbly when he got to his skates and was helped to the locker room.
There was no immediate report on his status.
Bergeron's 2007-'08 season ended after 10 games. He was hit from behind into the boards by Philadelphia's Randy Jones on Oct. 27, 2007, and missed the rest of the regular season and the playoffs with a concussion and accompanying problems.
He was close to returning in the postseason, but the Bruins were eliminated in seven games in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens.
Bergeron returned for training camp and had played in 30 of Boston's first 31 games before Saturday. He was playing well but was having trouble regaining his scoring touch, scoring just four goals, one in his last 18 games before Saturday.