Eriksson making progress, cleared for light workouts

Eriksson making progress, cleared for light workouts
November 1, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Concussed Bruins forward Loui Eriksson continues to make positive steps in the right direction. The Swedish winger passed an exertion test this week, which means he’s been cleared to start undertaking light workouts off the ice while elevating his heart rate and, hopefully, keeping any post-concussion symptoms at bay.

Eriksson won’t be back on the ice until next week at the earliest, and that would only happen if he continues to experience progress in his concussion recovery without any setbacks

"He’s still doing okay,” said Claude Julien, when asked about Eriksson’s progress. “As predicted, he's taking some steps in the right direction here. It’s still a day-to-day process.”

Eriksson has now missed four games since John Scott delivered the illegal check to his head back on Oct. 23 in Buffalo, and Brad Marchand has taken his place along the right wing with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith. But Eriksson has been missed, and his coach made mention of his absence while speaking about the Bruins power play following their 3-2 shootout win over the Ducks.

The Bruins got a game-tying PP goal from Zdeno Chara when they needed it most against the Ducks, but still rank just 21st in the NHL with a 16.7 percent success rate.

“You still have a guy in Loui Eriksson that’s not in our lineup, and that’s a pretty good power play guy too,” said Julien. “So you get some guys in there and at the right places, I think we’ll have two [units] that should give us some pretty good looks throughout the course of the season.”

Meanwhile Scott was sentenced to a seven-game suspension by the NHL that was deemed a little light by most around a Bruins team that’s been rocked one too many times by predatory head shots. Eriksson will stay back in Boston as the team travels to Long Island to take on the Islanders on Saturday night.