LAS VEGAS, NV Everybody remembers the weakened state that Patrice Bergeron finished in at the end of Bostons playoff run.
Limited by a strained oblique Bergeron was a shadow of himself in the final few games of the series against the Washington Capitals, and in a bitter twist of irony -- the face-off king wasnt able to take draws in Games 6 and 7. Bergeron had been playing through the injury for most of the series, but truly blew it out in a physically brutal Game 5 that saw the Bruins fall to the Caps at TD Garden.
It was clear how badly Bergeron was hurting while watching the hockey warrior lose battles hed customarily win in the decisive overtime loss in Game 7. But the two-way center still managed to top 19 minutes of ice time in each of those final few games while playing through the pain.
The Bs two-way center said that the stabbing pain from the strained obliqueis now 100-percent gone. Bergeron said it took 4-5 weeks for things to heal up, but hes skated several times without pain after giving himself a month to heal.
It took me a good month to get back to normal, and Im back to working out and feeling good, said Bergeron, who is in Vegas for the NHL Awards a finalist for the Selke Trophy given to the best defensive forward. For the first week it was getting treatment with Donnie DelNegro and Scottie Waugh and the guys, but after that its going to heal on its own. It did and I feel good.
I skated twice just to test it out and I feel pretty good. After three weeks I thought I was good, but I could still feel it. So I took another week off and started to feel better. Now Im back to normal.
Thats great news for a Bruins team that could very much use a fully healthy, energized Bergeron when things get going in September.