Good news out of Boston, as Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (concussion) was able to take the ice this morning for a skate.
Courtesy the team’s Instagram feed:
Yesterday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Bergeron had been working out and was on the “road to recovery.”
As for another injured Boston forward, head coach Claude Julien said today that Brad Marchand “was being reassessed by doctors this morning, so we’ll have an update later today.”
Marchand was forced to leave last night’s game versus the Devils after taking an elbow to the head from New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
The B’s host the Islanders tonight.
Some good news for the Bruins on Wednesday, courtesy general manager Peter Chiarelli — concussed center Patrice Bergeron has resumed workouts and is rehabbing his injury.
“I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub (by way of CSNNE.com). “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”
Bergeron, 27, was injured last week after absorbing a Colin Greening hit during a 3-2 win over Ottawa.
He’s since missed three games (against the Devils, Habs and ‘Canes) and won’t be available this evening when the Bruins travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
The concern level for Bergeron within the Bruins organization is high, given his concussion history.
The reigning Selke winner missed nearly the entire 2007-08 season after suffering a concussion on a hit from then-Flyers defenseman Randy Jones.
Bergeron also suffered a concussion during the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals, which forced him to miss a pair of playoff games — though, as pointed out by CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Bergeron only missed 12 days all told with the ailment.
On Monday, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma told reporters that forward James Neal has suffered a concussion, and won’t travel with the team on its upcoming road trip through Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida.
Neal, 25, was injured during Friday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Rangers following this third-period hit by New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto:
Neal left the game with 8:42 left and didn’t return. Del Zotto wasn’t penalized on the play and later told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he was bracing himself during the collision.
“I think they just dumped [the puck] in, and I knew I was going to get hit on the forecheck,” he explained. “I just tried to kind of reverse hit and brace myself. I’m not sure exactly what happened.”
On Saturday, it was learned the NHL wouldn’t be scheduling a disciplinary hearing for Del Zotto.
Neal, who has no previous history of concussions, is Pittsburgh’s third-leading scorer this season with 18G-14A-32PTS.
He’s coming off a 2011-12 season in which he scored a career-high 40 goals and was named to his first NHL All-Star Game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still trying to diagnose Joffrey Lupul after the 29-year-old forward was injured last night against the Flyers.
While Leafs coach Randy Carlyle today refused to call it a concussion (or anything specific) before the evaluation was completed, the play had all the makings of one.
Lupul left Thursday’s game in the first period after he was sandwiched between two Flyers players. He didn’t practice today and it’s being reported he won’t participate in Saturday’s game in New Jersey.
Lupul has already missed 25 games with a forearm injury. He also has a concussion history, having suffered one in 2008 when he was with Philadelphia.
For now, the Leafs are saying Lupul is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Despite one report to the contrary, Sidney Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, wants everyone to know that his client has no concussion worries.
Crosby is currently out of the Pittsburgh lineup with a broken jaw, but the Penguins expect their captain to be back for the playoffs.
Shelly Anderson is a Pens beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Josh Yohe covers the team for the Tribune-Review:
The Penguins will try to halt a two-game losing streak Friday at home to the Rangers.