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Multiple injuries keep B's Bergeron in hospital

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AS the Boston Bruins cleared out their lockers Wednesday, center Patrice Bergeron was in a Boston-area hospital for observation.

General manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Bergeron had a small hole in his lung. He has been in hospital for observation since the end of Game 6, the team said.

Bergeron suited up for Monday night's game after suffering a broken rib and torn cartilage and muscles in Game 5. He was taken to a Chicago-area hospital for observation during the third period Saturday but flew home on Sunday with his teammates.

He then suffered a separated shoulder in Game 6 but stayed in the game.

After the Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in Boston, Bergeron discussed what he was going through in Game 5.

"It's (the) Stanley Cup final," he said. "Everyone's banged up, everyone wants to help the team and obviously I couldn't do that in Game 5. It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt, so that's why we had to go to the hospital. But everything was fine so it was just the ribs and the muscles and the soft tissue. So obviously I would've liked to stay in it but I was going through a lot of pain."

Sutter back in charge

TORONTO -- Bob Nicholson is looking to a familiar face to restore Canada's world junior hockey supremacy.

The president of Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the return of Brent Sutter as the head coach of the national junior team. The Red Deer Rebels coach, GM and owner will be joined by assistants Benoit Groulx and Ryan McGill at the 2014 world championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Canada has dominated the event, winning 28 medals including 15 gold. Canada last won in 2009 -- the final of five straight gold medals -- and last year finished fourth and out of the medals for the first time since '98.

Sutter, 51, from Viking, Alta., has coached Canada in international competition on four previous occasions, most recently at last year's world hockey championship. He guided Canada to world junior gold in 2005 and 2006 and said Canadians must understand other countries have improved.

Sharks re-sign pair

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks knew it would take some time to see the benefits of the deal two years ago to acquire James Sheppard from Minnesota.

After spending most of his first year in San Jose rehabbing from a leg injury, Sheppard completed his two-year journey back to the NHL in January and showed flashes of why the Wild drafted him in the first round in 2006.

The Sharks re-signed Sheppard to a one-year deal on Wednesday as they hope to build on that progress even more this upcoming season.

"When you see a guy go through adversity and a challenge like this it does reveal his character," GMDoug Wilson said. "But this is a kid who was a very highly drafted player and a very talented player. I think his best hockey is now ahead of him."

The Sharks also signed Andrew Desjardins to a two-year contract. Both forwards could have been restricted free agents July 5.

Colangelo reduces role

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors are truly Masai Ujiri's team now.

Bryan Colangelo abruptly stepped down from his role with the Raptors on Wednesday, ending their brief experiment as co-presidents of the squad.

"Having had a better chance to reflect on things for the past several weeks, I have concluded that stepping away from my position is the best course of action for the organization and everyone involved," Colangelo said in a press release Wednesday.

The Raptors said Colangelo will remain as a consultant with the team and with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Colangelo lost his job as GM in May, after the Raptors failed to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. He remained as president in a non-basketball role, while Ujiri was hired as general manager and president of basketball operations.

Dickey shuts down Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- R.A. Dickey baffled the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dickey pitched a two-hitter, struck out six and walked one for his first complete game of the year and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 3-0 Wednesday for their 12th win in 14 games.

"I just concentrate on trying to produce a good knuckleball down in the strike zone for a strike, and today I was able to do that," Dickey said. "Mechanically, I was very repeatable, and you saw the results. They were hitting a lot of ground balls, I had a high strike percentage, so that's what I'm looking for."

Dickey (7-8) retired his first 13 batters before James Loney grounded a single between shortstop and third base with one out in the fifth. Yunel Escobar had a one-out single in the sixth.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 27, 2013 D8

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