Stitched-up Bergeron ready to face Habs

Updated: February 9, 2011, 3:25 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron will be in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night after he took a puck off the face and neck during practice the day before at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

"I'm feeling good," he said Wednesday morning. "I obviously got a puck on the chin and off the neck. It was scary at first, but I'm fine."

He received numerous stitches on his chin and admitted he couldn't breathe for a few seconds after he was hit. That's why he quickly skated off the ice.

Bergeron
Bergeron

"Might as well go off because I don't think anyone could have done anything on the ice, so I went off on my own," Bergeron said. "At first I didn't know it hit my chin, so I was more worried about the throat more than anything else."

He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays to make sure nothing was broken.

The Bruins were working on the power play and penalty kill Tuesday when defenseman Johnny Boychuk shot the puck around the glass. Bergeron went after the loose puck to attempt to keep it in the zone, but it ricocheted off the partition and hit him in the face.

Bergeron participated in Wednesday's morning skate and said he is ready for the Bruins' matchup against the Canadiens. After the skate, he was seen sporting a good number of stitches.

"I got a lot. I don't know how many exactly," Bergeron said. "It's a pretty good one."

Bergeron said he wasn't blaming Boychuk for the incident.

"Johnny wanted to get it out of the zone, so he did a good job," Bergeron said jokingly.

Boychuk did call Bergeron Tuesday afternoon to apologize.

"He felt bad, obviously," Bergeron said. "Especially since it was practice."

Bergeron's stitches are hidden within his good-luck beard and it was not necessary for him to shave before receiving treatment. Team trainer Don DelNegro did the stitch work.

"It's going to be tough to get them out in seven or eight days," he said with a smile. "Donnie's pretty good. He's got good eyes, so he'll have to dig in there to get them."

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox and Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Ask a question for his next Bruins mailbag here.

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