Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has suffered an upper body injury playing in Europe, according to a tweet from Naoko Funayama of NESN. This news comes just two days after Tuukka Rask sustained a minor groin injury in the Czech Republic.
Bergeron has been a dominant offensive force for Switzerland's HC Lugano over the past few weeks. He has scored six goals in just five games, and he has also dished out five assists. On October 20, Bergeron scored the opening goal in a 6-3 win over Tyler Seguin's EHC Biel.
The words upper body injury are cause for concern as Bergeron played through the 2012 playoffs with a torn oblique. Although Bergeron remained available throughout the first-round series with the Washington Capitals, his impact was noticeably limited. The injury is not thought to be serious, and Bergeron is listed as day-to-day. He is questionable for Lugano's next game, after returning to practice today.
Bergeron emerged as the league's best defensive forward in 2011-12, and was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy. He will be called upon to anchor the Bruins' top line once again this season, and thus his health is paramount.
The Bruins are beginning to feel the stress of having nine players working in Europe, including stars like Tyler Seguin and captain Zdeno Chara. Now that their starting goalie and assistant captain have been banged up, perhaps Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs may push for an end to the lockout.