BOSTON (AP) – Patrice Bergeron
broke his nose and had a concussion. After the ferocious hit he took from Flyers defensemen Randy Jones , the Bruins were relieved to find nothing else was wrong.
In Philadelphia's 2-1 win over Boston on Saturday, Bergeron lost consciousness and was taken from the ice on a stretcher during the first period after he was hammered face-first into the boards by Jones.
Bergeron was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and was diagnosed with a broken nose and a concussion by Bruins team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins.
Tests didn't show any other serious injuries to Bergeron's head or neck, and he was awake and able to move all his limbs, Zarins said.
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.
Medical personnel cut away Bergeron's jersey and shoulder pads as they worked on him, placing his neck in a brace. They placed him on a board and then onto a stretcher, his legs taped together and his arms folded across his chest. There was little sign of movement. The game was delayed some 15 minutes with 3:53 left in the first period.
As the whistle blew, Boston's Chuck Kobasew went after Jones, drawing a two-minute roughing penalty. Jones drew a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.
''Words really can't express the way that I feel right now. I am very apologetic for the hit and what I did,'' Jones said in a statement released by the team. ''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.''
The win snapped the Flyers' two-game losing streak and handed the Bruins their first home loss of the season.
Biron yielded only a second-period power play goal to Marco Sturm and the Flyers moved to 7-3. One of Biron's saves was a penalty shot by Phil Kessel .
Biron faced 32 shots over the final two periods, raising his record to 7-2.
''The first period was where we wanted to come out strong and we did,'' said Biron. ''Even though we had only four shots, we had a few scoring chances and limited their scoring chances to the outside and gave us the rhythm that we wanted for the game.''
Richards assisted on Joffrey Lupol's power goal at the 13-minute mark of the second period as the Bruins lost for the second time in their last seven games and fell to 3-1 at home. Sturm gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the second period with his fourth goal of the year.
Later in the second, Zdeno Chara failed to stop a pass at the point on a power play. The puck hopped over his stick and Richards picked it up on the fly. He slid a back-hander through the pads of Tim Thomas at the 9:36 mark for his sixth goal of the season, his second short-handed score.
The Bruins were called for too many men on the ice with 7:25 remaining in the second, and Lupol's fourth goal of the season came off a pass from Daniel Briere .
Thomas, who has allowed just eight goals in six starts, fell to 4-2.
Kessel was awarded a penalty shot when Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen was judged to have thrown his stick as he dove to try to stop Kessel's shot. Kessel's penalty shot then went off Biron's upper arm.
''I thought our guys battled hard. I thought we probably deserved better,'' Boston coach Claude Julien said.
Notes: Flyers winger Simon Gagne missed his second straight game with dizziness. ... The short-handed goal was the ninth of Richards' career. ... The Bruins pushed the game time up three hours, to 4 p.m, to allow local fans to watch Game 3 of the World Series on television. ... A large contingent of Flyers fans roared every time their team scored. ... Bruins rookie Milan Lucic played his 10th game, after the team had announced Friday he would be staying with the Bruins and not returning to his junior team in Vancouver.