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Bruins forward and Team Canada member Bergeron out couple weeks with thumb injury

OTTAWA - The Boston Bruins and Hockey Canada both received some good news Tuesday when it was learned that Patrice Bergeron's thumb injury will rule him out of action for just a couple of weeks.

Bergeron broke the tip of his right thumb in three places Monday night when he was hit by a slapshot by teammate Dennis Wideman in the second period of a 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York.

He didn't accompany the team to Ottawa, where the Bruins faced the Senators on Tuesday.

Before the game, however, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron's thumb wasn't displaced and no surgery will be required for the Bruins' centre.

"There's a chance he could play after two weeks," said Chiarelli, who added that Bergeron will be outfitted with a splint and can continue working out with the team if he can tolerate the pain. "He could conceivably be practising in a day, three days or five days."

That's good news for the Bruins. Bergeron was their leading scorer with 31 points in 41 games.

"Last night, the news was a little more dour and he was pretty bummed out and today I talked to him and he was very, very happy," Chiarelli said. "Everything seems to be on course."

It's also good news for Canada's men's Olympic team. Bergeron was named to the roster for next month's Vancouver Games by Hockey Canada last week. Countries have until the day before the tournament starts to replace injured players, but that won't be necessary in this case.

"I have talked to Steve Yzerman (the Olympic team's executive director) to update him on the injury and he was happy to hear the good news," Chiarelli said. "So nothing has changed as far as the Olympic roster, according to Steve."

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