|Patrice Bergeron celebrates a goal en route to a four-point night. It was his first game since sustaining a severe concussion 11 months ago (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mike Dembeck)
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -Boston forward Patrice Bergeron had a goal and three assists in his first game since suffering a severe concussion almost 11 months ago as the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 8-3 in a preseason game Monday night.
Bergeron picked up a pair of assists early in the second period then scored with 10 seconds left as he tipped home a shot from linemate Marco Sturm. His final point came in the third as he made a beautiful feed to Aaron Ward, who snuck in from the point.
Bergeron, who also played on a line with Phil Kessel, missed 72 regular season games and then the playoffs last season when he suffered a Grade 3 concussion and a broken nose against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 27. Bergeron was driven face-first into the end boards by Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones.
Sturm added two goals and two assists for Boston, while 21-year-old prospect Vladimir Sobotka also scored twice. Andrew Ference and P.J. Axelsson had the other goals for the Bruins.
Ben Maxwell, Tomas Plekanec and Mike Glumac scored for the Canadiens, who were outshot 42-19, including 29-12 through two periods.
Alex Tanguay played his first game in a Montreal uniform and recorded two assists.
Manny Fernandez started in goal for Boston and had 10 stops before being replaced in the third by Kevin Regan. Jaroslav Halak also played the first 40 minutes for Montreal and made 24 stops. Marc Denis was in goal for the third period.