Patrice Bergeron had a nagging injury since late in the regular season, and after game 7 of the first round series against the Florida Panthers, the injury was revealed. Patrice Bergeron played through a herniated disc in his back during the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Florida Panthers. This showcases his unwavering dedication to what could be his final NHL season. Despite being hampered by this painful injury, the 5-time Selke Trophy winner managed to take the ice for three games in the series, scoring one goal.
Bergeron signed a one-year deal with the Bruins before the start of this season, and as the team’s long-time captain, his leadership and perseverance have inspired both his teammates and fans. After the Bruins’ Game 7 loss to the Panthers, the entire team embraced Bergeron, hinting that this could be the end of his storied career. If this is indeed Bergeron’s final season, his decision to play through a herniated disc in pursuit of the Stanley Cup serves as a testament to his unwavering commitment to his team and the game.
The Bruins will certainly do everything they can to try and convince Bergeron to play for one more year and make another run at the cup. The Bruins had the best regular season in NHL History, and this injury to one of their best players came at the worst possible time. While they may be unable to repeat the historic season they had, they may be able to keep a very similar roster and try to make another cup run next season.