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Canadiens winger Bourque feeling better after concussion in February

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 5:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Canadiens winger Bourque feeling better after concussion in February

BROSSARD, Que. - Left-winger Rene Bourque, out with a concussion since Feb. 23, was back skating with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

"I feel better," was all Bourque said to the media after the skate ahead of a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Coach Michel Therrien spoke of "good news" from Bourque and defenceman Raphael Diaz, who has been sidelined since Feb. 27 with a concussion.

"We're seeing progress," he said. "In both cases, they're on the right track."

Bourque, who has missed 17 games, returned to practice after getting a green light from team doctors on March 20 only to suffer a setback a few days later. He recently visited Atlanta to see concussion specialist Ted Carrick, who treated Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby.

Diaz, who has missed 16 games, has not yet resumed skating.

Forward Ryan White, who has missed three games with an ankle injury, also skated and said he expects to return soon.

Defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who cleared waivers over the weekend, was also on the ice.

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