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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron suffered concussion

by Matt Kalman /

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that center Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion in Tuesday night's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Patrice Bergeron
Center - BOS
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 21 | PTS: 31
SOG: 93 | +/-: 23
"I don't know when you'll see him again … he sounded real good and I told him we'll work together in getting him back," Chiarelli said.

Bergeron was injured in the second period Tuesday when lunged forward in attempt to prevent Ottawa forward Colin Greening from getting off a shot in the slot. Bergeron's head seemed to hit either Greening's elbow or arm. Bergeron left the ice around the seven-minute mark of the second period and did not return to the game.

In 35 games this season, Bergeron is the Bruins' leading scorer with 31 points. He's first on the team with 21 assists and leads the NHL with a 61.5 percent success rate on faceoffs.

Bergeron's concussion troubles in the NHL began Oct. 27, 2007 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Defenseman Randy Jones hit Bergeron from behind into the end wall. Bergeron missed the rest of the season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Grade 3 concussion. His nose also was broken on the hit.

Bergeron returned to health the next season but missed 15 games from Dec. 20, 2008 to Jan. 27, 2009 after he collided with Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and was diagnosed with a less severe concussion.

Head troubles struck Bergeron again during Boston's run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship, and Bergeron was forced to miss the celebration as the Bruins completed a second-round four-game sweep of Philadelphia. Claude Giroux knocked out Bergeron with a concussion-causing hit. Bergeron missed the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bruins have been through multiple concussion situations over the years in addition to Bergeron's ordeals. Center Marc Savard remains on the team's injured reserve and hasn't played since Jan. 22, 2011 because of concussion problems that began March 7, 2010 after a blindside hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

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