Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron will be out for a while with a broken foot.
The Bruins announced the injury Tuesday, noting that a CT scan ascertained the injury. He’ll be evaluated again in two weeks, but there’s no specific timetable for his return.
Bergeron suffered the injury blocking a shot during Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The X-ray came back negative after the game and he played Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.
According to team reports, Bergeron “played through some discomfort” on Sunday.
The 32-year-old skated 17:59 of that contest and registered three shots on goal. Conversely, he skated 19:15 of Saturday’s game against Toronto.
“It’s going to hurt…but we’ve been through this early in the year with guys stepping up,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Not one guy will replace [Bergeron].”
Bergeron leads the team in scoring with 27 goals. He has a total of 54 points this season and is a plus-26 with nine power play goals. He’s on pace for about a point-a-game, so losing him is going to sting.
But the Bruins are well within the post-season and have little to worry about at this point.
Boston has a 37-15-8 record ahead of Tuesday’s game against Carolina. Their 82 points is two behind Toronto and seven behind the division-leading Lightning.
The Bruins have been busy cementing their post-season chances. They acquired Rick Nash, Tommy Wingels and Nick Holden over the last while and even signed Olympian Brian Gionta to help capitalize on their fortunes.
This is quite a turnaround for a team many thought were headed for a rebuild in the off-season. The Bruins are now well-positioned to make a solid playoff run, even with Bergeron on the shelf.