BOSTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron skated today at the TD Garden for the second straight day on the road to recovery from his “mild concussion.”
During his morning media briefing at his club’s home rink in the aftermath of Boston’s Game 1 loss to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final last night, head coach Claude Julien stated the obvious when asked about his star pivot.
“You saw him skate and that’s basically where he’s at right now. And that’s the only update I can give you,” said Julien.
Bergeron, who was concussed May 6, was skating on his own under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. For the portion of his skate that could be watched before Julien began his press conference, he didn’t seem to be going full-tilt or skating any sprints.
The Bruins are looking forward to the potential return of their alternate captain, but they’re not letting it distract them according to defenseman Andrew Ference.
“Honestly, you’re happy for him. You wish him the best, but you can’t get excited or frustrated if he has a setback,” said the blueliner. “He’s out right now. That’s kind of the end of it. It’s not really discussed a whole lot more. It’s not like we’re pining for the moment he comes back. We know guys can fill in.”