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Bruins’ Bergeron says ‘so far, so good’ with recovery from rib injury

Matt Kalman
November 27, 2018 - 8:56 pm

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is in the midst of recovering from a rib and sternoclavicular injury he sustained Nov. 16 in Dallas.

The Bruins projected he would be re-evaluated four weeks after the injury, so he’s about halfway there.

“So I’m trying to go through the process and take it a day at a time and do what’s asked of me to do to get better. So far, so good,” said Bergeron on Tuesday before he attended the Champion’s for Children’s gala at the Seaport World Trade Center where teammate David Pastrnak was being honored.

Upon learning the severity of the injury suffered on a hit by Stars forward Radek Faksa, one might’ve been surprised that Bergeron actually returned to that game. Or maybe considering Bergeron’s history – he played in the 2013 Stanley Cup final with broken ribs, a punctured lung and a dislocated shoulder – one would’ve be that shocked.

But Bergeron told he didn’t have much of a hint (other than his inability to take faceoffs) about how major the injury was while playing against the Stars.

“It’s one of those things where we didn’t have all the info that we had afterwards, and I felt fine,” Bergeron said. “So it is what it is I guess. Looking back it’s one of those things where it felt OK, my body was warm, the adrenaline was high and you don’t really feel the same way you feel when you wake up the next morning.”

That next morning, and even after the game, Bergeron knew “something was going on.” His heroic effort against the Stars didn’t get the Bruins a win, but they got one point for the 1-0 overtime loss.

Since Bergeron left the lineup the Bruins have gone 3-1-1, despite also missing Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Urho Vaakanainen. Bergeron, though, didn’t want to use the word impressed when referring to his teammates’ play because he didn’t want it to make people think he was surprised how well the Bruins have fared.

“We all know the depth that we have in this organization. I think a lot of guys that have come from Providence are showing some pretty amazing stuff and are playing some great hockey,” he said. “Everyone kind of stepped up their game and that’s what you expect when that happens. As hard as it is [for me] to watch I think sometimes it can be a positive for the long run. So hopefully it is.”

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