|Bruins practice with ‘heavy hearts’||04.16.13 at 12:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — After postponing Monday’s game against the Senators in wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Bruins took the ice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.
“I think it was one of those days when you practice with heavy hearts,” coach Claude Julien said. “Obviously, we have a job to do and we still have to do our job, but I think our guys in there are proud of the city they represent, Boston. As much as it was hard to really go out there today and give your all, I think our guys did a good job. But practice is over and our thoughts are back to those people affected by it. Boston, for me personally and my family is a city we’ve fallen in love with. When you something like that happen, there’s no doubt it affects you as an individual, and even as us as a group.”
The B’s did some power-play work before beginning a full practice at 11:30. All players were accounted for, including Brad Marchand (concussion). Marchand, who was skating for the third straight day, was in a green jersey with spare forwards Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron. A good sign for the B’s is that Marchand did not seem limited, taking contact for the first time since suffering his concussion last Wednesday.
The lines were as follows:
Extra forwards: Brad Marchand, Jay Pandolfo, Jordan Caron
Patrice Bergeron was expected to be examined prior to Monday’s game, but he was not cleared given Monday’s events. Claude Julien said following Tuesday’s practice that Bergeron is “highly probable” to play Wednesday, assuming there is a game.
|Patrice Bergeron feels ‘ready’ to return, could play Monday vs. Senators||04.15.13 at 11:58 am ET|
Both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (both coming off concussions) participated in the Bruins’ morning skate Monday, and Bergeron could make his return to the Boston lineup Monday night after missing the last six games.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team is being “extra safe” with Bergeron’s situation, given that this is his fourth career concussion. The medical staff will give final clearance as to whether the reigning Selke winner plays Monday night against the Senators. Bergeron said he only felt symptoms for a day following the play in which he was concussed, and that he’s had time to recover, get back on the ice and prepare for the final couple weeks of the regular season.
“I feel like I’m ready,” Bergeron said, “but we’ll see.”
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel confident and I don’t feel cautious either. We’ve taken the time and there’s a reason for that, so I’m not hesitant.”
Bergeron said that this concussion was less significant than his previous three. Though he missed only two games due to his previous concussion, it was actually 13 days because the Bruins had swept the Flyers and had some time before starting the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning, with Bergeron making his return in Game 3 of that series. If he plays Monday, he will have missed just as much time as he did last time, though he’ll have obviously missed more game. Either way, Bergeron feels this concussion wasn’t as bad as any of the ones before it.
“I healed a lot quicker and felt better a lot quicker,” he said. “It was good news.”
As for Marchand, who suffered a concussion on an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov last week, the pesky forward skated Monday for the second consecutive day. He has not yet taken contact, which figures to be the next step in his recovery.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, suggesting he will get the start Monday night against the Senators.
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|Patrice Bergeron will travel to Carolina with Bruins||04.12.13 at 12:46 pm ET|
Patrice Bergeron will make the trip to Carolina with the Bruins, coach Claude Julien told reporters at Friday’s practice in Boston, where Bergeron skated with his teammates. However, Bergeron is not expected to play against the Hurricanes on Saturday,
Bergeron has been out since April 2 with a concussion, which he sustained after a hit from Colin Greening of the Senators during a 3-2 Bruins win. He resumed workouts this week and skated in Friday’s team practice. He has a history of concussions, and this most recent one was his third since a major one in October 2007 that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.
Bergeron has missed five games, in which the Bruins have gone 3-2, and still ranks second on the team with 31 points.
|No update on Brad Marchand as Patrice Bergeron skates and Adam McQuaid nears return||04.11.13 at 11:39 am ET|
Patrice Bergeron took part in a limited morning skate Thursday at TD Garden, marking the first time he’s been spotted on the ice since leaving last Tuesday’s game against the Senators with a concussion. Bergeron skated with Adam McQuaid, Wade Redden, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo and Aaron Johnson.
As for Brad Marchand, Claude Julien told reporters that the left winger still was being evaluated after taking an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Marchand left Wednesday’s game following the elbow and did not return.
Julien did say that he feels McQuaid is “ready” to return to Boston’s lineup, and that he will likely do so Thursday against the Islanders. McQuaid has missed the last 11 games with a shoulder strain.
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|Tyler Seguin has a whole new appreciation for Patrice Bergeron||04.05.13 at 1:47 am ET|
He didn’t think it would be this hard.
But after skating up and down the center of the ice and going side to side in his first game as a center, Tyler Seguin has a whole new appreciation and understanding of exactly what Patrice Bergeron does.
In his first game replacing the concussed Bergeron, Seguin skated 19 shifts in 19 minutes with Jaromir Jagr on his right and Brad Marchand on his left. Seguin finished with three shots in Boston’s 1-0 win over the Devils Thursday night at the Garden.
“First shift I was like, ‘Bergy, I appreciate you a lot more right now,'” Seguin said. “I guess the first period I felt it a little bit more, but, again, as the game progressed I felt like I could use my speed a little bit more, and it was just about finding those areas. It’s one thing from being a centerman and then going to the NHL, but it’s another thing from going center to wing in the NHL and then going back to center, so it’s going to take some adjustment.”
His coach could certainly see a difference.
“Well, it brought us what we thought. Tyler is obviously realizing, probably, how tough it is for Bergy to play that position, because playing in the D-zone, there’s a lot of territory to cover as a centerman, and when pucks are going from one side to the other, he wasn’t always there,” coach Claude Julien added. “That’s the work in progress, and that’s what we expected, and that’s what he’s going to get used to. But overall, that line was fine. Again, you’ve got to remember there’s a Hall of Famer on that line with two young players who were probably looking for him a bit too much versus making the plays or taking the shots like they should’ve. Hopefully, it will wear off and it will get better.”
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|Peter Chiarelli confirms fourth concussion for Patrice Bergeron||04.03.13 at 3:57 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed at his post-NHL trade deadline press conference that center Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Ottawa. SportsNet’s Nick Kypreos was the first to report the news on Wednesday.
“I talked to Patrice,” Chiarelli said. “Patrice suffered a concussion, described as moderate. I talked to him about [4 p.m. Wednesday]. He was in very good spirits. He was out walking today. He was annoyed at it. He was emotional Tuesday night. I don’t know when you’ll see him [playing] again. I don’t think you’ll see him [Thursday].”
Bergeron lunged at Ottawa forward Colin Greening in the Bruins’ zone in the second period Tuesday and hit his head on Greening’s elbow/forearm as the Ottawa forward was shooting. Bergeron left the game and did not return.
This is the fourth concussion suffered in Bergeron’s career, with the last one prior to Tuesday’s occurring in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers.
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Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.
NESN’s Barry Pederson talked to Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about the impact Jaromir Jagr could have on the Bruins, what he’ll have to do to fit into the B’s system, and Patrice Bergeron‘s situation after leaving Tuesday’s game with an injury.
Pederson said he thinks Jagr will thrive in a supporting role, similar to the one he played in Philadelphia last year, not to mention in Pittsburgh when he first broke into the league.
“He’s coming to a good team that he’s just trying to make great,” Pederson said. “He’s probably a star, not a superstar. He’s definitely a top-six forward, and I think the other thing it does for this team is it brings in competition. For the coach, he doesn’t have to do a lot of yelling, or say a lot of things in the press. Just, ‘OK you’re not going on the top two lines, I’ve got another forward here, a Hall of Famer that wants to come in here and play.’ ”
Pederson played with Jagr on the Cup-winning 1990-91 Penguins team in Jagr’s first season in the NHL. He said Jagr had his own “Euro fashion” off the ice, but that on the ice he exhibited the qualities that have kept him among the league’s top players to this day.
“He came over with all kinds of raw talent,” Pederson said. “You have to remember, on that team, with [Mario] Lemieux there, he was the guy that was kind of making all those eyes turn. But what I remember about [Jagr] the most at a young age was how gifted he was, lower body down. Similar to a Ray Bourque where you have those strong legs and that big butt, you couldn’t knock him over. He had a great release. He’d go to those dirty areas and had a knack for getting in front and scoring big goals.”
Despite Jagr causing some locker-room controversy in his earlier days, Pederson said he believes Jagr has matured into a veteran leader.
“I think you’re going to be surprised as to what you’re going to hear in the dressing room,” Pederson said. “When you read all the accounts of Philadelphia ‘¦ they think they really missed his presence in the locker room. I think he’s really matured as a person and i think that’s really going to show here.”