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Bruins expect Bergeron, Rask to be ready for next season after surgeries

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BOSTON - NOVEMBER 07: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammate Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Buffalo Sabres in the third period on November 7, 2009 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Sabres 4-2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Boston Bruins put up a good fight in the postseason, but injuries and the Ottawa Senators did them in. A couple “successful surgeries” heighten hopes that the B’s will begin 2017-18 closer to full strength.

Patrice Bergeron (sports hernia) and Tuukka Rask (right groin surgery) both underwent successful procedures this week and are expected to be ready for next season, the team announced.

Bergeron scored 21 goals and 53 points in 79 games, hogging the puck often enough to become a Selke finalist once again. Rask experienced an up-and-down season, at least by his lofty standards, but perhaps he was hindered by health issues.

If successful surgeries aren’t enough optimism for Bruins fans, Joe Haggerty has some praise for the work GM Don Sweeney is doing in this piece and video.