Bergeron without symptoms, feeling good

Bergeron without symptoms, feeling good
April 13, 2013, 1:15 pm
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RALEIGH, NC – Patrice Bergeron was a full participant in Saturday’s morning skate at PNC Arena prior to a road game against the Carolina Hurricanes, and expressed encouraging signs about his rapid comeback from a fourth concussion suffered a couple of weeks ago.

The 27-year-old center has been out since taking a Colin Greening elbow to the side of the head during a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on April 2, but said that he hasn’t had any concussion symptoms since the day after he absorbed the blow to the head. In that respect Bergeron said he healed even more quickly than he did from a concussion suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs that caused him to miss only 12 days and a grand total of two playoff games.

Bergeron sounded like a player that could already be playing again if were the playoffs, and said he’s been assured by doctors that he’s avoided the kind of damage that can have life-altering effects on some players.

“This time it healed pretty quickly. I feel pretty good…that's the positive out of it,” said Bergeron. “I've felt better, quicker this time. The symptoms went away quicker this time. I had some medications the first day, and the next day I was fine. It was very encouraging being asymptomatic for quite awhile now since the injury.

"It's all encouraging signs and it's all very good. [I’ve been] working out, skating and pushing and shoving with the guys, and I feel fine. I’ve had a lot of discussions with doctors about the future. The doctors feel confident that there will be no problems – or issues -- down the road. These are all encouraging signs and I’ve been taken care of by some very good doctors.”

Both Bergeron and Claude Julien wouldn’t say whether No. 37 could be back in the lineup Monday against the Ottawa Senators, but it would seem that a return next week is a pretty safe bet barring any setbacks.

“Any time you a guy like that go down with that type of injury you never know what is going to happen,” said Julien. “But he’s felt better. We’re taking all of the necessary procedures to make sure he’s 100 percent, and we’ll go from there. So far I haven’t had the okay from the doctors to say he’s a ‘go.’

“As long as he’s feeling good he can practice with us. He’s been cleared for that at least. He still needs the final clearance of doctors. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.”

With both of their two top scoring options now out with concussions, the Bruins and Bergeron both hope his return comes in the next couple of games and precedes a long, healthy run through the playoffs after a handful of “tune up” games as the regular season winds down.