BROSSARD, Que. --
An intra-squad scrimmage on the opening day of training camp is rarely anything to get excited about for most NHL veterans.
But for Josh Gorges
and Max Pacioretty
, Saturday's scrimmage was a pretty momentous occasion.
It represented the first semblance of competitive hockey for the two coming back from major injuries, and at least for Gorges, it made him a bit uneasy.
"To be honest, there were some nerves last night and this morning about how it was going to be when the checking came in and the speed picked up a little bit," Gorges said. "It was fun to be out there with the guys playing some hockey."
Gorges hasn't played in an NHL game since December, when he damaged the meniscus in his right knee, the same knee that had a torn ACL in it since he has playing junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets.