Patrice Bergeron looks just fine in 3-point effort in Game 3

Evan Marinofsky
June 02, 2019 - 1:38 am
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Patrice Bergeron silenced everyone just 10:47 into the first period. 

After cleanly winning an offensive zone draw, Bergeron put himself in perfect position to deflect a Torey Krug wrist shot past Jordan Binnington to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

It was prototypical Bergeron -- win a draw, go to the net, get position, and perfectly tip a shot right past the goalie. Expected, right? 

Well, not exactly. Through two games, Bergeron had no points, he wasn't winning draws, and his line was a minus-3. Reports, rumors and observations began to surface that No. 37 was playing hurt prior to Game 3. 

"Feeling good," Bergeron said when Pierre McGuire asked him if he was injured. 

Though Bergeron didn't deny that he was hurt, he certainly didn't look hurt while he played Saturday night. 

After scoring the first goal of the game, Bergeron assisted on two more. His secondary assists were essential to David Pastrnak and Torey Krug's power play goals in the second period. 

When it came to winning draws, Bergeron was 11-for-19. His line's main assignment was the Brayden Schenn line (Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Schenn). Bergeron and his linemates held Schenn and company to no points and one high-danger chance. 

Not too shabby. 

With Bergeron's three points on Saturday night, only Ray Bourque ranks ahead of him for most career playoff points by a Bruin. 

His play in Game 3 should be enough to quell the injury rumors, but one thing that might keep some of the noise alive is that Bergeron only had one shift in the final 7:02. 

Bergeron's no stranger to playing hurt during the Stanley Cup Final; in 2013 against the Blackhawks, he suffered torn rib cartilage in Game 4, a broken rib on his right side in Game 5 and a punctured left lung and separated right shoulder in Game 6. The puncture eventually caused the lung to collapse, which hospitalized Bergeron for three days. If Bergeron's dealing with anything it can't possibly be as bad as that.

Brad Marchand summed up whether or not Bergeron's playing hurt. 

"Watch the game tonight. Does he look hurt?"

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