Boston, MA -- “Relieved” was the word on Patrice Bergeron’s tongue this afternoon before practice when asked to describe his feelings about his injury.
On Monday during the Bruins loss against the Rangers, he caught the edge of a shot from teammate Dennis Wideman, breaking the tip of his thumb in three places. Following the game he jumped on a flight back to Boston to be evaluated by Bruins doctors, fearing the worst.
Fortunately those fears were unfounded and doctors have predicted that he will only be out two weeks.
Furthermore, the injury should not affect Bergeron's ability to compete for Canada at the Olympics in February.
“I didn’t know what to expect but the doctor gave me some good news so I was pretty happy,” said Bergeron. “It’s never good to be injured and be off the ice but at least, in that case, it was good news.”
The assistant captain and forward felt so good in fact, he was back out on the ice Wednesday afternoon during practice, skating with a stick in his uninjured hand.
“I always feel better with a stick in my hand than not, so it’s going to be fine for that, but just not shooting,” he said.
He even laughed with reporters when was jokingly asked if he blamed Wideman: “I should have gotten out of the way, we probably would have scored there,” Bergeron said.
Head coach Claude Julien echoed Bergeron’s relief and optimism.
“I guess right now he can still skate and keep himself in shape so it’s really good news,” Julien said. “You know, knock on wood, we’re pretty fortunate with that injury, it could have been a lot worse.”
After wearing a splint for the next 10 days, Bergeron will be reevaluated by doctors to decide when he can return to his position at center. Until then, he seems determined to keep up with his routine.
Bergeron said, “I’m going to keep my game shape and keep working out, keep staying strong and the only thing is, I’m not going to be able to pass and shoot, but that’s about it so it’s good news.”