Eriksson hopeful he can play vs. Stars

Eriksson hopeful he can play vs. Stars
November 4, 2013, 2:30 pm
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BOSTON -- While Loui Eriksson practiced without limitations for the first time since suffering a concussion, the Swedish winger will still needs to be cleared medically before making a potential return.

Eriksson has missed five games since falling victim to a John Scott headshot on Oct. 23, and was just starting to meld with Patrice Bergeron’s line as his two goals and three points would attest. Eriksson was back on a line with Bergeron and Brad Marchand during Monday’s full contact practice, but nobody was ready yet to say he’ll be a “go” for tomorrow night’s tilt with his former Dallas Stars team.

“I’m more excited to maybe have the opportunity to have Loui back in the lineup. That’s what my thoughts are about tomorrow,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, when he was asked a question about Stars forward and former Bruin Tyler Seguin question right out of the starting gate.

“He’s able to work out. As long as he passed through all of the stages of the protocol, then you’re good. He passed one, then he skated and felt good, and then skated with us on the Island.

“He skated again yesterday, so he’s had no issues so far. Today he had an opportunity to have a full workout with the team. He’ll have to go through some tests before he’s cleared, and we’ll go day-by-day with his situation. He’s been on the ice for four days now. Normally that’s pretty good for a guy that’s missed little more than just a week.”

Eriksson was just glad that the fog cleared quickly after a potentially devastating shot to his head from Scott, a 6-foot-8 monster.

He said he’d experienced minor concussion symptoms earlier in his career, but the Scott shoulder delivered to his jaw caused the first major concussion of his hockey career.

Eriksson was beset by headaches and “felt slow, and didn’t feel like doing anything” for a couple of days while not remembering a full two minutes after Scott hit him.

Symptoms faded quickly, though, and now the Bruins winger is hopeful he can play against his old team.

“The first couple of days were pretty bad when I was in my apartment and resting. But I’ve made a lot of progress the last couple of days. I’m really happy where I am right now,” said Eriksson. “We’ll see what happens today, but it would be a big game for me tomorrow against my old team. You always want to play the games.”

Given the progress made by Eriksson, it would be surprising if he’s not lined up next to Bergeron and Marchand when the puck drops against the Stars on Tuesday night, but the Bruins have always used caution with players returning from head injuries.

There’s no reason to think things will be any different with Eriksson.