Boston Bruins fans feared the worst when top center Patrice Bergeron suffered his fourth career concussion back on April 2.
Would he play again this season? Would he return at all? Marc Savard’s sad case came to mind for everybody. A series of concussions knocked Savard from hockey and left him dealing with lingering post-concussion syndrome.
But Bergeron’s head cleared very quickly after the incident. He returned to practice at full speed and appears ready to return next week – and possibly Monday against Ottawa.
“I felt better quicker, the symptoms went away faster this time,” Bergeron told the Boston Herald. “I had some headaches the first day and the next day I was fine. It was very encouraging.
“I’ve been (symptom-free) for quite a while now, so it’s really good news. Even working out, pushing and shoving with the guys, I’ve felt fine.”
Bergeron has become an old pro at dealing with concussions. He had a good feel for how to manage his recovery.
“It’s one of those things that always scary, but at the same time I’ve been through it and I know that time takes care of it,” he said. “The doctors we have here have always done a really good job with every guy. I guess because I’ve been through that road they probably take more precaution. It’s good to see that. It’s good that they take care of me and want to make sure I’m fine. It’s something I appreciate.”
The Bruins are getting stronger as the playoffs near. Not only is Bergeron return, but prospect Carl Soderberg is making his long-awaited arrival from Sweden. The rangy forward signed a three-year deal and he will be eligible to play in the postseason.