BOSTON — Today was Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s third day back on the ice for a light skate, as he attempts to return to action from his second concussion in 14 months.
Bergeron was joined on the TD Banknorth Garden ice by Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference and Manny Fernandez. Bergeron said that while he hasn’t been straining himself, there has been a slight increase in his heart rate (from 145-150 beats per minute to 155-160). But mostly he’s on the ice just to get out of the workout room.
“(The skating is) just to have a chance for me to put the skates back on and get a feel for the ice again and have fun with it also,” he said after his teammates went through their morning skate in preparation for their game with the Montreal Canadiens. “So it’s not like a drastic change or a big increase of the workouts, but it’s more of just go on the ice and have fun and do kind of the same workout as I could do on the bike.”
Going three days without any reoccurence of his symptoms has Bergeron encouraged. However, he’s still cautiously optimistic — as he should be because of the unpredictability of such an injury.
“It feels great. It’s great to be back on the ice,” he said. “When I talked to (the media Friday), I didn’t know when I was going to go back. And now to be back that quick, I’m very happy about it. But like I said, at the same time it’s just skating for now and taking some shots and we’ll see for further on.”