Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has played in the NHL for 18 years, logged 1,164 regular season games and counting and has never shied away from playing hard each and every shift that he’s out on the ice. So, it’s not surprising that there have been bumps and bruises along the way, and more than a handful of broken noses for the four-time Selke Trophy winner.
The latest busted nose took place in last week’s win over the Nashville Predators when Filip Forsberg hammered Bergeron with a high hit that the Boston Bruins center took major umbrage with after the fact.
Taylor Hall refuses to shoot and then Forsberg unloads on Bergeron and he is NOT pleased pic.twitter.com/nGfUnaUZN6
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) December 3, 2021
Bergeron missed Monday’s practice while having his nose reset by doctors and was sporting a full face shield on Tuesday morning that he’ll have to wear for at least the next couple of weeks.
“Oh man. It’s a good six, seven times [it’s been broken] probably. It’s been going on for a while. I knew we needed to do it. It’s more for breathing purposes than anything else,” said Patrice Bergeron ahead of the Boston Bruins flying to Vancouver. “I think the modeling career is over by now anyway, so that wasn’t the reason why. Because we had a few days [between games] it was a good time to do it. I’ll need to wear [the face shield] for a few weeks.”
Certainly, there’s plenty of Boston Bruins fans that think the modeling career is just getting going for No. 37, but it would be nice if his teammates work a little harder to discourage those kinds of nose-breaking hits on their 36-year-old captain.
— zach (@zingzach) December 7, 2021
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*The Boston Bruins are not starting a big three-game road trip through Western Canada on ideal terms as a non-COVID illness pushed by their travel plans by a day and forced them to leave Tomas Nosek at home. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Speaking of illnesses, the Washington Capitals are trying to keep a COVID situation within their team from spinning out of control. (Washington Hockey Now)
*Canucks fans singing “Bruce There It Is” to welcome Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau. (National Hockey Now)
*Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner said he turned down a chance to play for Team Sweden in the Winter Olympics due to health reasons. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*Complaining about NHL referees is a tale as old as time as the legendary Stan Fischler documents in a conversation with Gary Bettman. (Hockey News)
*Old friend Riley Nash is going to a new address as he was picked by the Tampa Bay Lightning after being placed on waivers. (Lightning Insider)
*The host country of China is going to ice a men’s hockey team in the Olympic tournament, which could be a rough for them. (Sportsnet)
*Just a savage, savage takedown of the New York islanders, who are now an NHL punchline again.
The New York Islanders are back to being a punch line pic.twitter.com/xXigrxEPff
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 7, 2021
*For something completely different: Great to hear that Charlie Cox is back as Daredevil in the MCU moving forward. (Comicbook.com)