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Bruins' Bergeron leaves hospital

NHL Stanley Cup Final game five
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron left Game 5 in an ambulance.
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Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is day-to-day after being injured in the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Coach Claude Julien said he hopes his star center will be able to play in Game 6 on Monday night.

One report from Rogers Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos said Bergeron could be dealing with spleen injury.

Asked if it was an upper or lower body injury, Julien said, "body."

When asked if there were any updates on Bergeron, Julien said: "Yes. He's day-to-day. Well, isn't that good enough? Day-to-day."

Bergeron was discharged from a Chicago hospital and flew home with the team Sunday morning. He got off the team bus at the TD Garden, went straight to his car and was driven away.

"He’s good," teammate Brad Marchand said on Sunday. "He came back with us and everything so hopefully he can play tomorrow."

Marchand also had some fun with the reporters digging for more information on Bergeron.

"He looked really good today," Marchand said. "He had a nice suit on, very dashing. [Laughter] Obviously, he’s a big part of the team and hopefully he can play tomorrow."

Bergeron was taken to the hospital for observation during Game 5 of the Cup Final at United Center on Saturday.

The team didn’t provide any further details Saturday and Julien was similarly short on info minutes after the Blackhawks earned a 3-1 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. 

“It was an injury that wouldn't let him finish the game,” Julien said.

Begergon played a total six minutes, six seconds in Game 5.

CBC reported that emergency workers had a stretcher available for him, but he declined and walked into the ambulance.

Bergeron has a history of concussions, the latest coming April 2. (That reportedly was the fourth concussion of his NHL career.) Bergeron is not only arguably Bruins’ top two-way forward, but entered Game 5 as Boston’s most prolific scorer in the finals (four goals).

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