Although Patrice Bergeron has been cleared by doctors and took his second morning skate with the Bruins Monday, no one would declare if the center would play against Ottawa in an evening contest at TD Garden.
Both Bruinsgeneral manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien were encouraged by the news that Patrice Bergeron has started working out eight days after he suffered the fourth concussion of his NHL career.
Chiarelli revealed the news during the Toucher and Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday morning.
Bruins coach Claude Julien today said it would be a matter of days rather than a week before center Chris Kelly’s return to the Boston lineup.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had news to share on two injured centers Wednesday.
Patrice Bergeron, who left Tuesday night’s win against Ottawa in the second period, is out with a moderate concussion. Chris Kelly, who’s trying to return from a broken tibia, will be back “soon.”
It was another roller-coaster afternoon and evening for the 2013 Bruins Tuesday, which started with the trade for Jaromir Jagr.
By the end of the night the Bruins rode a 45-save effort by Anton Khudobin to a 3-2 win against Ottawa at TD Garden, and finished the game without the services of Patrice Bergeron.
Patrice Bergeron and the writers that vote for the Selke Trophy made sure that the Bruins’ 2011-12 season earned at least one accolade.
While he would definitely trade it for at least a Game 7 win over Washington, Bergeron won the award for the league’s best defensive forward, it was announced in Las Vegas tonight.
It’s appropriate that by virtue of alphabetical order Patrice Bergeron is the first of my 2011-12 season recaps for Bruins players because, in all seriousness, he is the Bruins’ No. 1 player on and off the ice.
Other guys might speak more, but no Bruins player speaks more effectively than Bergeron. And his off-ice discipline is unmatched.
BOSTON — The Bruins held their breakup day at TD Garden today, at least a month earlier than they thought they would have to go through that process.
Among the big stories was Patrice Bergeron’s revelation that he injured his oblique in Game 3 of Boston’s seven-game loss in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs to Washington. Bergeron said he either strained or pulled the muscle and reaggravated the injury in Game 5, so that’s why he wasn’t able to take faceoffs in Game 6 and 7.
BOSTON – There were times over the course of the regular season that the Bruins paid the price for having played 25 postseason games en route to their 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
But nowhere did the rigors of the title run exact a bigger toll on the Bruins than during their seven-game loss in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to Washington, who prevailed in Game 7 Wednesday, 2-1, in overtime on a goal by Joel Ward.
BOSTON — As if there was any doubt beforehand, Bruins head coach Claude Julien left little doubt in regard to Patrice Bergeron’s availability for tonight’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with Washington at TD Garden.
“I think so,” said Julien after his team’s morning skate when asked about Bergeron playing.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron did not practice today at Ristuccia Arena.
He was the only player missing, as Jordan Caron filled in on Bergeron’s line with Rich Peverley moving over the center.
BOSTON — Jack Edwards can stop campaigning.
Today the Bruins play-by-play man and several more of the team’s brass and fan base got their wish, as center Patrice Bergeron was named as one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and St. Louis’ David Backes are the other finalists, as selected by a vote of the members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
BOSTON – If Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals was the Bruins’ last home game of the 2011-12 season, Benoit Pouliot certainly soured it.
Seconds after turning over the puck to Washington center Nicklas Backstrom, Pouliot slashed Backstrom twice in an attempt to recover the puck. The ensuing power play led to Troy Brouwer’s game-winning goal with just 1:27 remaining in regulation.
BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron had one last chance to convince Selke Trophy voters he should take home that hardware this season.
And in a completely meaningless game at TD Garden, the Bruins center produced two fantastic defensive plays that led directly to Boston goals in addition to several others and dished off for three assists in a 4-3 shootout win against Buffalo. Bergeron also scored the lone goal of the post-overtime skills competition.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Fans in Ottawa might be disappointed they’ll have to wait another week to see some of the Bruins’ biggest stars.