Fractured rib? Torn rib cartilage? No problem for this NHL player
The National staff | July 4, 2013
Patrice Bergeron brought new meaning to the term playing through the pain barrier after it was revealed he had played in the Stanley Cup finals with a collapsed lung, one of many injuries the Boston Bruins player was suffering from.
The 27-year-old Canadian was admitted to hospital with a string of injuries following Boston’s 3-2 loss to Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 on June 24, which decided the series. Bergeron suffered a fractured rib, torn rib cartilage, separated right shoulder and, the most serious, a collapsed left lung.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Bergeron said in his first comments since being released from a Boston hospital.
Bergeron said the good news is that the shoulder will heal on its own and he will not require surgery to repair it. “I guess the ribs and the shoulder now just need to get some time to rest but it’s a lot better,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron was taken to hospital in an ambulance after Game 5 in Chicago because of the torn cartilage but he checked himself out and returned with the team to Boston for the final game of the series.
Bergeron said on Tuesday that his troubles actually started in Game 4 of the series when he tore his rib cartilage.
The list of injuries escalated in the first period of Game 6 when he separated his right shoulder. He went back to the hospital after Game 6 where his breathing also got worse.
“Luckily enough they made the right decision because I went there right away and they found out that my lung had collapsed,” he said.
– Agence France-Presse
- Monday cover: Liverpool emphatically take down Tottenham
- Sunday cover: Diego Costa and attack-minded Chelsea
- Morata, El Shaarway, Mvila, Cole, Rossi: Five players to watch out for this Serie A season
- Philosopher Ernest Gulbis’ rules for life at the US Open
- Defender turns heroic goalkeeper in Uefa Champions League qualifier
- Barca’s other teen, Sandro Ramirez, shines in win: ‘Gratiying to see young guys score’
- In pictures: Gerrard and Liverpool make statement and Sunday’s EPL action
- Honda helps AC Milan kick out with win in ‘near perfect game’
- Ibrahimovic powers PSG to five-goal romp: ‘They had their leader back’
- Casillas fumes after Real Madrid collapse: ‘We were horrible in every facet’
- Deep pockets do not mean success as MLB defies other leagues in North America