Bergeron to return Saturday against Red Wings

Bergeron to return Saturday against Red Wings
September 20, 2013, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will make his official return to game action on Saturday night in Detroit, according to coach Claude Julien after Friday's double-sessions at the TD Garden.

Bergeron suffered a punctured left lung, fractured rib on his left side, torn rib cartilage, and a separated right shoulder in the Stanley Cup Final, and he'll play in his first game since, against the Red Wings on Saturday.

Not only does Bergeron's return speak volumes about his dedication to the Bruins, it's also going to help some of his teammates, who have seemed lost at times during the preseason without him.

After Friday's training camp practices, Julien pointed out just how important Bergeron's return to game action will be for his linemate, Brad Marchand.

"It does make a difference for any line, anybody that plays with [Bergeron], the reliability and getting pucks out of your own end," said Julien. "The other day, I thought [Marchand] was trying to do too much in Baltimore. He was all over the ice. So I think with [Bergeron] there, it will settle things down a little bit and probably see him excel even more and be the player we all know he's going to be."