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June 24, 2013

Blackhawks, Bruins head into Game 6 without stars

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"They're both great players," Chicago winger Patrick Sharp said. "I think any coach in the league, any player in the league would like to have those guys on their team. ... I can't speak for what Boston is dealing with, with Bergeron. I know I don't need to say much about Jonathan. I think everyone knows what we think of him in our locker room. Hopefully we can have him back for (Monday)."

Bergeron was taken from the United Center to a Chicago hospital in an ambulance for observation. He was released later Saturday night and rejoined his teammates for a team meal.

"He was crushing some food," Marchand said.

He did not speak to reporters on Sunday. Asked to elaborate on the injury, Julien said, "Body injury."

The Blackhawks lost Toews after Boychuk knocked him down in the slot, making contact with his head. Boychuk wasn't penalized, and NHL spokesman John Dellapina said Sunday that the league reviewed the hit and there will be no supplemental discipline.

"I think they said it was clean, wasn't it? Then I agree with them," Julien said. "I'm not going to hide from that. If it wasn't a clean hit — I've been a guy that supported those kind of things that we need to get out of the game. But it was a clean hit."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville alluded to the contact with the head but then said, "I'm not going to go there."

Toews was tied with Patrick Kane for the Blackhawks' team lead with 23 goals during the regular season. Since being reunited with Kane on Chicago's top line in Game 4, Chicago has rallied to take the lead in the best-of-seven series. Before he was knocked out of Game 5, Toews assisted on both of Kane's goals.

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