BOSTON -- It was uncanny watching Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand reunite with Tyler Seguin in Wednesday’s emotionally gripping matchup against the Sabres in the wake of Monday’s Marathon bombing.
Bergeron had missed 14 days of action after suffering a “moderate concussion” on April 2, and Marchand had missed a week after getting dinged up by a headshot from Anton Volchenkov in New Jersey last week. But the two returning forwards were among Boston’s best players in a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo.
“The energy was and the emotions were high, obviously, but I feel like we were in the game right away,” said Bergeron. “We got some good legs, good energy, but like I said, it was really playoff atmosphere in here and was something special and definitely something I’ll remember.”
Bergeron led the Bruins with six shots on net and won 13-of-17 faceoffs while mixing it up all over the ice with physicality and aggressiveness.
Marchand had a number of scoring chances that he couldn’t quite finish off, but otherwise impressed the coach.
“They were [good]," said Claude Julien. "They both played well and they both played hard. It’s unfortunate they didn’t get rewarded with anything tonight, but they had some great opportunities."
It was clear the Bruins brought plenty to the table in a game that was both emotionally and physically challenging for everyone around the team.
“There was a ton of emotion in the building,” said Marchand. “It was almost like a playoff game, as well, with the intensity of the game. It was just different. There was a different feeling in the building for sure.
“I felt good. I’ve had a few days here to skate with the guys and kind of get my legs back. I’m very excited to get back on the ice.”
Perhaps the last thing to come back will be the finishing hands for Marchand. Once those come back, so should the goals for a hard-working forward line that’s bound to start boosting its numbers now that Bergeron and Marchand are healthy and skating together again.