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Bergeron resumes skating with Bruins

Out since Feb. 25 with foot fracture, center sees 'light at end of the tunnel'

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron worked with the Boston Bruins skating and skills coach before joining the team for a portion of its morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday. 

It was the first time Bergeron participated in a skate or practice since it was announced that he fractured his right foot Feb. 24 in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played the next day against the Buffalo Sabres before a CT scan revealed the fracture.

The 32-year-old center will not play Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-O, NHL.TV), or Wednesday at the St. Louis Blues, as the Bruins have no timeline for his return.

"That's the next progression, now he's skating," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We'll see where he's at as he goes through the week and [he] continues to be a day-to-day guy now that he's skating. It's the next step, but we'll see where he's at."

Bergeron said he also skated Sunday with Kim Brandvold, the Bruins skating and skills coach.

"It felt good," said Bergeron, who has 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists) in 55 games. "It was nice to be back on the ice, skating. It's been a long three weeks."

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Boston is in second place in the Atlantic Division, four points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning with Boston having two games in hand. The Bruins will begin a four-game road trip after hosting the Blue Jackets. 

"I don't even know if I'm going tomorrow," Bergeron said of the trip. "But I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now."

The Bruins will also be without defenseman Zdeno Chara (upper body) Monday and Wednesday. He is considered day to day. 

Forward David Backes is out indefinitely after he was cut by a skate blade above his right knee against the Lightning on Saturday. 

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