Flyers Continue to Play the Bully Role in Win at the Garden

Flyers Continue to Play the Bully Role in Win at the Garden
December 27, 2006, 2:00 pm
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The Flyers got their first win on their current road trip, beating the Bruins by a final of 2 to 1 in an exciting game.  Marty Biron played a great game in net and Mike Richards and Lupol were successful in putting the biscuit in the basket.

All wasn't chipper for the Flyers though as they continued to live up to their bully M.O.  Flyers defensemen Randy Jones laid out Boston's Patrice Bergeron in a hit from behind that sent Patrice face first into the glass.  Bergeron was left motionless on the ice and things didn't look good.

As teammate Chuck Kobasew angrily confronted Jones -- who received a
major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct -- a host of medical
personnel rushed to aid the fallen player. Orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Thomas Gill, Bruins trainer Don DelNegro, Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin
and several EMTs worked on Bergeron for roughly 15 minutes.

Bergeron’s jersey and upper-body equipment were cut from his body,
and his legs were taped together as the medical team worked on him.

A stretcher was immediately wheeled onto the ice, but it took 12-15
minutes before Bergeron was very slowly lifted onto it and taken from
the ice as the crowd cheered.

As of 7:00 PM Saturday evening there was no word on Bergeron's condition.

The hit, while clearly a brutal one, did not appear to executed with
vicious intentions.  Randy Jones issued an apology during the game,
"Words really can't express the way that I feel right now.  I am very
apologetic for the hit and what I did.   It was not intentional. It is
something that I have never done before and it is not part of my
character. I am extremely sorry.  I hope he does ok and everything
works out for him.   I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”

UPDATE: The injury is reported to be a broken nose and concussion.  Glad it didn't turn out worse.

>>Bergeron hospitalized after hitting boards head first [Boston Herald]

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