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Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak played with injuries for Bruins in Cup Final

Top forward line combined for two points at 5-on-5 in seven-game loss to Blues

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each was dealing with an injury while completing the Stanley Cup Final for the Boston Bruins.

Boston's top forward line combined for two 5-on-5 points in the seven-game series loss that gave the St. Louis Blues their first NHL championship.

Pastrnak, who missed 16 regular-season games from Feb. 12-March 16 after having thumb surgery, took a hit to the same area in the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.


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"It was fine after I came [back] from injury [in the regular season], but then it's playoff hockey, you get hit to it," Pastrnak said Friday. "But it wasn't anything major, so as I said, just kind of … obviously when you come back from injury, the emotion's always a little bit different, but it was good."

Marchand, who had an assist on Pastrnak's 5-on-5 goal in a 5-1, Game 6 win against the Blues, was playing through groin and abdominal injuries. He also said he sprained his hand earlier in the playoffs and reaggravated the injury in the Bruins' scrimmage during the 10-day wait before the Cup Final.

Bergeron had a groin injury he sustained in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Marchand tied for the postseason lead with 23 points, with Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Marchand had five points in the Cup Final.

Pastrnak was tied for fifth with 19 points (four in the Cup Final), and Bergeron was tied for eighth with 17 (four in the Cup Final, three of those in Game 3).

Defenseman Zdeno Chara played the final three games of the Cup Final after fracturing his jaw in Game 4. He said he needed plates, wires and screws to repair the injury and will need 5-6 weeks to recover.

"It's been obviously kind of a tougher stretch in the playoffs as far as getting some bumps and bruises, but that's just a part of it," Chara said.

Forward Noel Acciari fractured his sternum during the second round, which caused him to miss the last two games of that six-game series before returning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final and playing the entire Cup Final.

"I just had to make sure about my breathing," Acciari said. "And I couldn't lift my arm a certain way."

Acciari had his right foot in a walking boot because of a shot he blocked in the 4-1, Game 7 loss to the Blues but said he didn't know the extent of that injury.

Defenseman John Moore played in 10 playoff games, including the last five of the Cup Final, after fracturing his humerus against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 25. He will have surgery and could need as long as six months to recover.

Defenseman Kevan Miller was unable to play in the postseason after sustaining a vertically broken kneecap against the Minnesota Wild on April 4 and then sustaining a horizontal break to the same kneecap during his attempt to return. It is unknown if he will be ready to start next season.

Boston lost three of the last four games of the Cup Final, including Game 5 and Game 7 at home.

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