While the status of Boston Bruins phenom center Patrice Bergeron remains unclear, one thing can be certain: payback.
The 22-year-old Bergeron suffered a stage three concussion and a broken nose back on October 27th, when he was hit from behind by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones. Jones only received a game-misconduct and a two game suspension from the NHL, a punisment many found far too lenient, including Bergeron.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli addressed Fan590, an all-sports radio station in Toronto, yesterday, and said that Bergeron could be out for as little as a month, or as long as the whole year.
The Bruins enter the Wachovia Complex on Monday, November 26th against the Flyers. This is their first meeting since this controversial and devastating hit.
While this game may not demonstrate the old-time hockey mayhem of the 70's (like the Broad Street Bullies and the Big Bad Bruins), we can certainly expect some sort of redemption from the Black and Gold on Bergeron's behalf.
A few key players to watch in this potential vindication: for the B's will be the young, hard-nosed Milan Lucic, scrappy Shawn Thornton, Jeremy Reich, and the giant Zdeno Chara. Anticipate some high-flying, hard-hitting and ill-tempered Bruins, as they clash with Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia Flyers. Action begins at 7 PM EST.