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Bergeron walks out of ACC wearing a protective right boot

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Bergeron walks out of ACC wearing a protective right boot

TORONTO – Patrice Bergeron led all forwards in ice time in Saturday night’s loss to the Maple Leafs and played the final 90 plus seconds in the 4-3 defeat, but the 32-year-old center was spotted walking out of the Air Canada Centre with a protective boot on his right foot.

It certainly wasn't a fashion statement as many Bruins fans are probably hoping postgame, but instead it appears that No. 37 suffered some level of right foot injury after the hard-fought loss to the Leafs. 

Bergeron walked out of the arena under his own power with the boot on his right foot, and there was no update from the Bruins on his condition as it wasn’t known until after team availability was over for the night. It appeared that Bergeron was hit in the leg with a puck during the second period that caused him some discomfort, but No. 37 still finished 19:15 of ice time, a couple of assists, a plus-2 rating, six shot attempts and won 15-of-22 face-offs.

So it didn’t appear to hamper Bergeron’s game against the Leafs as he was his typically excellent two-way self, but there’s also the possibility that the possible injury didn’t really swell up on him until after he removed his skates postgame. It will be telling to see if Bergeron is good to go on Sunday as the Bruins are playing less than 24 hours later in a 5 p.m. start against the Sabres at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

The Black and Gold currently don’t have an extra forward on the road trip with them as they’re carrying an unwieldy nine defensemen with the addition of Nick Holden to a group that was already eight defensemen strong. So the Bruins would need to either play with seven D-men against the Sabres or call somebody up from the P-Bruins if Bergeron’s right boot is anything more than a precautionary measure after a tough game.  

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Zdeno Chara pays tribute to father in emotional Instagram post after Bruins' win

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Zdeno Chara pays tribute to father in emotional Instagram post after Bruins' win

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara knows a lot of people have helped him become a future Hall of Fame player in the NHL.

His father is right at, or near the top of the list.

After Chara made history by scoring the 200th goal of his career in Boston's 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, the B's defenseman took to Instagram to pay tribute to his dad and thank him for all the help he's provided. Check out the photo below: 

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Past few days has been overwhelming. First my birthday,then contract extension and last night clinching the play offs. As soon as I got to my locker I saw a text from my Father. My dad is an old school tough guy. He raised me with tough love and literally beat my ass at home and kick it in the gym.He showed me what hard work is and what it takes to get where you want to be. Never took it easy on me. I hated it then,but I am grateful for it,because hard work and discipline its part of who I am. I called him on the plane. To hear my Dad expressed his happiness and love felt good. He was bugging me about 200 for a while,so when I scored last it felt good cause that goal was for him. This is for you Dad. Love you. PS: Thanks for all the kicks in my ass ! LoL 😂 #dad #toughlove #200

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Chara also signed a one-year contract extension Saturday to remain with the Bruins through the end of next season. The 42-year-old veteran remains one of the better defensemen in the league, and his value to the B's during even strength, the power play and penalty kill is immense. His leadership on and off the ice sets a great example for the entire team as well.

The Bruins clinched a playoff spot with Saturday's win. It will be their ninth playoff appearance in the 12 seasons since Chara came to Boston, and he's been the driving force of the team's success over that span.

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Recapping milestones Bruins hit with playoff-clinching win vs. Panthers

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Recapping milestones Bruins hit with playoff-clinching win vs. Panthers

The Boston Bruins secured a Stanley Cup playoff berth with Saturday night's 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers, and they set, tied or extended a few milestones as a result.

Here's a recap of the notable Bruins milestones from the playoff-clinching victory.

--The Bruins will soon make their 72nd appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Only the Montreal Canadiens (83) have made more appearances.
--The Bruins will be the third team in NHL history to play in 100 best-of-7 playoff series.
--Boston improved its record to 46-20-9 for 101 points. It represents the Bruins' 23rd 100-point season in history, extending their own league record. The next closest teams are the Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers with 19 100-point seasons.
--The Bruins almost certainly will play the Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens in Round 1. If that happens, it will be the seventh time in their last 10 playoff appearances that the Bruins have faced a Canadian team in the first round. Boston is 4-2 in the previous six matchups. There's about a 98% chance the Bruins will play the Leafs in Round 1 for the second consecutive year.

The Bruins cannot catch the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, so their next goal is clinching home ice advantage in Round 1.

This is a very important objective for the B's given their success at TD Garden this season -- Boston owns a 28-7-3 home record. Home ice also proved to be a huge factor in the B's beating the Leafs in their 2013 and 2018 first-round playoff series, both of which ended with a Game 7 victory in Boston.

So, while the Bruins' first major objective of the regular season has been accomplished, there's still work to be done over the final seven games.

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