Bergeron has 'light skate' with Bruins


Bergeron has 'light skate' with Bruins

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON It was an encouraging first step, but thats all it was at this point in time for the Bruins. Two-way center Patrice Bergeron skated lightly with the Black Aces on the TD Garden ice around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, and took the first small step toward potentially returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bergeron has been out eight days with a mild concussion suffered in a collision with Flyers forward Claude Giroux, and the 25-year-old must have enjoyed a rapid recovery. The Bruins use a uniform protocol for concussion and there must be seven day absence of concussion symptoms before a player is allowed to engage in physical activity.A source close to the team told that Bergeron would attempt strenuous skating or raising his heart rate prior to the teams departure for Tampa on Wednesday and theres a real possibility barring any setbacks the valuable center could return around Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning.Chris Kelly said that Bergeron had a little bit of a sweat going when he saw the center in the Bs dressing room following the skating session, but Bs coach Claude Julien downplayed Bergerons activity level.He went out and had a light skate this morning, said Julien. Thats where hes at right now. It was just a light skate on his own. This is something thats just protocol. Hes going through the normal stuff. He just got off the ice and we went on.It goes without saying, however, that any setback in Bergerons progress would likely rule him out for the series, and could very well take place given the centers history of three concussions in the last 3 12 years.Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.