NBC sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Monday morning to give his thoughts on the Patrice Bergeron injury, Zdeno Chara’s play and the first impression of Carl Soderberg.

Things are looking up for a couple of banged-up Selke winners, as Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s morning skate that he is “confident” Patrice Bergeron will be in the Bruins’ lineup for Game 6 after leaving Game 5 with an undisclosed injury, while Jonathan Toews skated Monday for the Blackhawks and told repo

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the Bruins’ mindset entering a Game 6 elimination game.

With potentially one game left in the season, Thornton said the Bruins are going to need a sense of urgency in order to keep the Blackhawks from raising the Stanley Cup in Boston.

The hit on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews from Johnny Boychuk in the second period was substantial enough that it knocked his head to the ice and knocked him out of action for the third period of Saturday’s 3-1 Chicago win that puts the Blackhawks one win from the Stanley Cup.

It was so hard that it put Toews’ availability in question for Monday’s Game 6 immediately after the Chicago win.

Claude Julien insisted Sunday afternoon upon his return to TD Garden for media availability that he is being as forthcoming as possible when it comes to the undisclosed injury of Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins center reportedly injured his spleen in the first period of the 3-1 Game 5 loss in Chicago Saturday night.

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced in a press release that forward Patrice Bergeron was released from a Chicago-area hospital after being examined on Saturday night, and that he flew home with the Bruins on the team flight on Sunday morning.

“Patrice was discharged from the hospital Saturday night and will be flying home with the team this morning,” Chiarelli said in the statement.

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN (via twitter), the NHL will not issue any discipline against Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk for his hit on Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks in Saturday night’s Game 5. Toews did not return to the game.

Tweeted McKenzie:

As expected, no supplemental discipline for BOS's Boychuk.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2013

Patrice Bergeron left Saturday night’s Game 5 in Chicago with a spleen injury, according to a report from Sportnet’s Nick Kypreos. Bergeron suffered a hit during a 4-on-4 late in the first period, played two shifts and did not return. He was spotted leaving the United Center in an ambulance, sitting up and conscious. Kypreos said a source indicated to him that Bergeron was dealing with a possible spleen injury.

The NHL may be looking into discipline against Johnny Boyhuck for his second period hit on Jonathan Toews that knocked out the Blackhawks captain out of the third period of Game 5 Saturday night.

Toews played the rest of the second period and was on the bench for the third period but did not play in the final 20 minutes. Chicago coach Joel Quennville said Toews was “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury.

CHICAGO -- The Bruins dressing room here inside United Center after Saturday’s 3-1 Game 5 loss to the Blackhawks resembled more of a triage unit dealing with shocked patients than it did a hockey team facing long odds of pulling off a second mini-miracle in two years.



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