Patrice Bergeron expects to be ready for start of Bruins season after making preseason debut

Matt Kalman
September 28, 2019 - 6:29 pm

Center Patrice Bergeron has been a questions mark since the start of Bruins training camp.

In fact, he’s been a question mark since he had a Platelet Rich Plasma shot in his injured groin over the summer.

So after a couple weeks of practice, he finally got into a preseason game and he believes he’s answered the question of whether he’ll be able to open the season with the Bruins on Thursday in Dallas.

“Good. Good to get the first one out of the way,” Bergeron said after he played in Boston’s 8-2 romp of the Chicago Blackhawks’ understudies at TD Garden on Saturday. “I thought it’s always good to get that and get your legs underneath you and start getting your timing back, rhythm and everything. So yeah, it was what it was expecting, and it’s fine.”

This “Blackhawks” squad couldn’t have been more cordial for Bergeron’s return. Chicago left Thursday to continue its camp in Europe before starting the regular season Friday against Philadelphia in Prague. The team the Blackhawks left had any resemblance to a NHL product.

The Stars will provide a stiffer foe and the game will count in the standings the next time we see Bergeron give his groin a test.

“Yes. Yep,” Bergeron said about being ready for Thursday.

*Cassidy said center David Krejci and forward Joakim Nordstrom skated “lightly” prior to the game. Krejci is out with a lower-body injury suffered in the preseason, while Nordstrom is still trying to return from a broken bone in his foot he suffered in the Cup Final.

After the game Cassidy said he was still confidence Krejci would be able to play against the Stars on Thursday.

*Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was the only member of the Bruins’ projected top six for opening night to not play against the Blackhawks. Cassidy said he liked where Grzelcyk’s game was Wednesday against New Jersey, so the Bruins rewarded Jakub Zboril with one more preseason game.

Cassidy said Zboril, one of Boston’s three 2015 first-round picks, was the best of Boston’s young defensemen in this camp. Jeremy Lauzon and Urho Vaakanainen were assigned to Provdience earlier this week.