Patrice Bergeron to miss at least four weeks with rib and chest/shoulder injuries (Updated)

Patrice Bergeron waits for the faceoff in the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Boston Bruins' already-bad injury situation just got a lot worse.

As first reported by NBC Sports' Kathryn Tappen, the B's are expected to be without center Patrice Bergeron for an "extended period of time" after he suffered an upper body injury last Friday against the Dallas Stars. A follow-up from TSN's Darren Dreger suspects that Bergeron's injury is to his shoulder, not head-related, and will take at least four weeks to heal.

UPDATE: The Bruins issued an official update on Bergeron later on Tuesday, announcing that he suffered rib and sternoclavicular injuries and will be re-evaluated in about four weeks.

Bergeron appeared to suffer the injury when he crashed awkwardly into the boards on a hit by Dallas' Radek Faksa.

Bergeron returned to the game after the hit, but ended up playing just 13 minutes of ice time. TV cameras showed the center appearing to be in severe pain when heading back to the bench after shifts. After soldiering through the overtime loss, Bergeron missed Saturday's win over the Arizona Coyotes as he headed back to Boston for re-evaluation.

The Bruins were already ravaged by injuries, especially on defense. Captain Zdeno Chara is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after spraining his MCL last week. Charlie McAvoy has been sidelined with a concussion, but is expected to be with the Bruins in Detroit along with rookie Urho Vaakanainen, who is also recovering from a concussion. Kevan Miller (hand) is expected to return against the Red Wings, but Brandon Carlo (upper body) and John Moore (lower body) both remain sidelined until further notice.

Boston was already struggling just to find secondary scoring. Now they're without primary scoring, an elite faceoff man, and one of the best two-way forwards in the league.

Hopefully, the Bruins can finally be back at full strength by Christmas.

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