BRIGHTON, Mass – After sitting out the opening weekend of training camp with a lingering groin issue, Patrice Bergeron made his first on-ice appearance with the group on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.
The 34-year-old center was wearing a no-contact sweater as he skated with the rest of the Bruins players sitting out Monday night’s preseason opener against the Devils in New Jersey. It was his first on-ice action of training camp after a groin problem bothered him all throughout a summer of rest and he had a PRP shot administered to the troublesome area in July to potentially address the situation once and for all.
Bergeron was obviously happy to be back on the ice and will take it one step at a time while ramping up for the Oct. 3 season opener in Dallas.
“It felt good. It was great to be back with the group and starting to get the rhythm back slowly,” said Bergeron, who has missed a total of 35 games due to injuries over the last two seasons. “It was part of the program to get on the ice today and see how I was feeling while going full speed with the rest of the group getting the rhythm and my hands back. Everything is going according to plan.
“This summer has been a slow ramp-up and I had to go through a few things to make sure I was fully healthy. We had to take some precautions early in camp, and now it’s pretty early and I’m skating. So I’m happy with the way I feel. There’s a good chance the [no-contact jersey] will stay on for a little bit and I’ll slowly ramp up.”
Bergeron took his usual spot centering Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak during the late camp session and there’s a decent chance he’ll be cleared for full practice when the Bruins get back on the ice for camp on Wednesday. Still, Bergeron won’t see much game action this preseason like many of the other Bruins veterans that tacked on 24 postseason games to their usual season’s worth of work while making the run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Here are the two practice groups with the first set of Bruins hitting the ice on Monday night in New Jersey for the preseason opener:
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