Bruins' Patrice Bergeron played through groin issue in Stanley Cup Final

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston
Patrice Bergeron didn't quite look like his normal self in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, and we learned one possible explanation as to why following the Boston Bruins' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Bruins' Patrice Bergeron played through groin issue in Stanley Cup Final

Patrice Bergeron didn't quite look like his normal self in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, and we learned one possible explanation as to why following the Boston Bruins' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Bruins' Patrice Bergeron played through groin issue in Stanley Cup Final originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron didn't quite look like his normal self in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, and we learned one possible explanation as to why following the Boston Bruins' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Bergeron said after Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat that he was playing with an injury. 

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The veteran center tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the seven-game Cup Final, but none of those points came during 5-on-5 action. He scored a goal with two assists on the power play the Bruins' 7-2 victory in Game 3, and he picked up a shorthanded assist in a Game 4 loss. Those were the only two games of the series in which he found the scoresheet.

Bergeron is the Bruins' most valuable forward and a key contributor at even strength, on the power play and on the penalty kill. A less-than-healthy Bergeron is a huge setback for the Bruins, and it helps explain some of their struggles during 5-on-5 play, including a 15-10 disadvantage in goals scored, against the Blues.

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