The Boston Bruins took four out of six points in a three-game series against the Sabres in Buffalo this week, but the points may have come at a cost.
Bruins No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron was a surprise, last minute scratch from Friday night’s 6-4 loss to the Sabres at KeyBank Arena and is “day-to-day” after taking a shot off his foot in Thursday night’s win in Buffalo.
“Lower body. He’ll be day-to-day until we hear differently. He’s our No. 1 center, so he obviously plays in a lot of different situation,” said Bruce Cassidy, who alluded to the team’s willingness to block shots on Thursday night as a reason why that was a winning result versus the rough losing hockey, they played on Friday night. “He’s a big facet in every part of our game, but there are other guys that are certainly capable. I’m not going to sit here and say we lost the game because Patrice Bergeron isn’t in our lineup.”
With Bergeron missing his first game of the season for the B’s, Charlie Coyle was bumped up to centering the B’s top line and Anton Blidh was introduced to the lineup on the fourth line with Sean Kuraly getting third line centering duties. Bergeron took a Rasmus Dahlin point blast straight off the left skate that definitely appeared to sting in the direct aftermath, but No. 37 finished out the game before missing the second end of the back-to-back games against Buffalo.
A look at the play from last night where Patrice Bergeron might have been injured. pic.twitter.com/2MRxJXNCYh
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With Bergeron missing his first game of the season, Boston Bruins power forward Nick Ritchie is the only B’s player that’s suited up for all 46 games this year in a season that’s been chock full of injuries all over the roster this season. Bergeron has 18 goals and 41 points in 45 games this season and leads the Bruins with an impressive plus-24 mark (that’s tied for sixth in the NHL right now) as well.