Bergeron improving

According to Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron continues to improve, noting that he felt better today than he did yesterday.

Earlier in the week, Bergeron was still complaining of headaches from last Saturday’s concussion.

* Julien confirmed that Aaron Ward and Petteri Nokelainen will travel with the team. No word on either player’s availability for tomorrow’s game.

* Julien said Marco Sturm (knee) is getting better and that the swelling is going down. Still no indication on whether Sturm will require surgery to fix the injury.

* Andrew Ference skated this morning for the first time since suffering his fractured tibia on Nov. 13. Ference skated for approximately 20 minutes with no stops or starts.

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