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Marc-Andre Bergeron might want to avoid the weight room next time

Joe Vitale, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pavel Kubina

Pittsburgh Penguins center Joe Vitale (46) sends Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron (47) flying as Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina, of the Czech Republic, (13) knocks the puck away during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Lifting weights and staying in shape is all part of the NHL routine. For Tampa Bay’s Marc-Andre Bergeron, it’s the reason he’s out of action once again with a back injury.

Bergeron tells Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes that lifting too hard and pushing himself too much to return to action is what helped keep him out of the Lightning lineup and it’s a mistake he made when injured last season too.

“It’s unfortunate and like I said, I should have known better,” Bergeron said. “But at the same time, you always do things with the right intentions and sometimes the results are unfortunate. You’re driving your car and you don’t want to crash it, but sometimes it happens.”

Bergeron wanting to hurry back and help the Lightning try to climb up the Eastern Conference standings is a noble move, but for a guy who was leading the team in points early in the season to make the same mistake twice, that’s pretty rough. The Lightning are getting healthy and Bergeron should be back soon, but next time he gets that itch to hurry back he’d be better off spending his time skating rather than lifting.