WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Patrice Bergeron smiled when asked he would have been in the starting lineup had the Bruins played Monday night’s postponed game against the Ottawa Senators. It’s a moot point given that the game was postponed in the aftermath of the horrifyingly tragic Boston Marathon bombing, but one gets the impression No. 37 would have suited up and played for the first time since April 2 if the game had gone on as scheduled.
“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say or not, but I feel good and I’ll leave it at that,” said Bergeron. “I feel ready and today again in practice it was a good skate.”
Bergeron was once again centering a line between Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin at Tuesday practice set at Ristuccia Arena, and looks like he’s ready to come back Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden.
Claude Julien called Bergeron’s return “highly probable,” but said that a final meeting with doctors still needs to take place before the reigning Selke Trophy winner can play after missing the previous six games with a concussion.
In other concussion news: Brad Marchand was also cleared for contact prior to Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, and he was wearing a green practice jersey while skating on a line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.
That would seem to indicate that Marchand isn’t expected to return against Buffalo, but that is subject to change if the agitating winger also somehow gets final clearance before Wednesday night’s game against the Sabres. Marchand has missed two games after suffering a concussion last week in a road game against the New Jersey Devils courtesy of a flying elbow from Anton Volchenkov. He returned to the ice to skate on his own on Sunday, and he participated in portions of Monday's morning skate at TD Garden.