Monday, December 22, 2008

Patrice Bergeron out indefinitely with concussion

Patrice Bergeron will likely miss an extended period of time after suffering a concussion during Saturday's game against Carolina. Bergeron was smacked on the head by Dennis Seidenberg's shoulder, when Bergeron tried to hit him in the meutral zone.

Bergeron was released from hospital on Sunday. His family has arrived in Boston to spend time with him over the next few days. Bergeron will be placed on the injured list anf fortunately, this concussion is less severe than last year's concussion when Randy Jones hit him from behind.

Other notes: The Bruins have added Aaron Ward (ankle) and Petteri Nokelainen (upper body) to injured reserve, giving the club 21 players on the active roster. Ward and Nokelainen are on standard IR, while Marco Sturm (knee) and Andrew Ference (leg) are on long-term IR. Marco Sturm's recent knee injury will keep him out of action for at least four weeks.

With Ward and Nokelainen hitting IR, the Bruins could call up reinforcements for Tuesday's game against New Jersey. Johnny Boychuk and Martins Karsums are candidates for recall.

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