WILMINGTON, Mass. — It’s only natural to look at the Boston Bruins’ schedule, see that they’re going to play Philadelphia for the first time this season tomorrow night and realize that it will also be center Patrice Bergeron’s first game against the Flyers since he suffered a Grade 3 concussion as a result of a hit from behind by Philly blueliner Randy Jones in Oct. 2007.
Bergeron, of course, missed the remainder of the season. And the Bruins, despite some more questionable physical play by the Flyers throughout the season series, won three of four games against Philly.
One day before he’ll be taking the Wachovia Center ice, Bergeron didn”t want to buy into the hype of his first match-up against the team and player that knocked him out of commission.
“It’s another game,” Bergeron said after practice today at Ristuccia Arena. “I think you guys make it a bigger deal than it is for me. I’m just going out there and playing my game.”
A lot has happened since the Jones hit on Bergeron. The Bruins made the playoffs last spring and emerged as the Eastern Conference’s best team this season. Philly advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last spring and, after a slow start to this season, has climbed into the Atlantic Divison race. And Jones has started to hit his stride after starting the season on injured reserve (although he missed the Flyers’ last game with the flu). (more…)