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Bruins' Bergeron taken to hospital for observation

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CHICAGO -- The Boston Bruins may have to move forward in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks without their best two-way forward.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron left Saturday’s Game 5 at United Center in an ambulance and was taken to a hospital after playing 49 seconds in the second period. He did not finish the period on the bench and did not come out for the third period.

Boston went on to lose the game, 3-1, and trails 3-2 in this best-of-7 series that shifts back to TD Garden on Monday for Game 6 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"No update; I think there's no concern until you get an update," Bruins coach Claude Julien said during his postgame remarks. "As far as we're concerned he's just getting evaluated right now, so not much I can say on his situation."

Bergeron, who won the Selke Trophy in 2012, has been one of Boston's top players in the Final; he leads the team with four goals in the five games. He has nine goals and 15 points in this postseason and would be a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy were the Bruins to win the Cup.

He was taken to a local hospital for observation, according to the team. Carl Soderberg, who was making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, skated in Bergeron's spot between Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand.

"It's an injury that wasn't able to let [Patrice] finish the game. He may be in next game; I'm not going there," Julien said when asked specifics on the injury.

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