By Allan Muir
But then the player who usually stays on the ice until the last possible minute skated off with nearly six minutes remaining and headed to Boston's dressing room.
The speculation rose that Bergeron would be unable to go tonight, until the official roster was finally released just before puck-drop.
Bergeron is in the lineup. Impossible to say what he'll be able to bring tonight or if he can go the distance, but this will go down as a gutty effort from Boston's emotional leader.