TAMPA — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron returned to action tonight for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 4 of the Bruins-Flyers series on May 6. After the Bruins defeated the Lightning, 2-0, to take a 2-1 series lead, Bergeron spoke with Versus reporter Joe Michelletti before heading to the postgame podium.
“I felt pretty good. I had confidence in me that I could do it,” Bergeron said. “I knew I wasn’t 100 percent, I just tried to go out there and play my game.”
Bergeron and the Bruins kept the Lightning and their high-powered offense off the scoreboard. Bergeron played more than 19 minutes and had two shots.
“We did a good job as a team being hard on the forecheck, but also in our zone, staying inside, don’t give them too much opportunities in the slot,” Bergeron said.
Michelletti pointed out the Bruins are now 5-1 in playoff road games.
“It’s about team effort. In the playoffs, it’s about making sure everyone chips in, and I think that’s what we did,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron spoke more about his return when he addressed the media at the podium.
“I was pretty happy to be back to help the team,” he said. “And, no, I didn’t know which game, it was more a matter of taking it a day at a time. And it felt good for the past week. So I decided I was ready to go, and I had some practices this week. And I had a little bit of contact with the extra guys on game day last game. And I felt good.”
Bergeron was asked if there was ever a moment at all during this process where he thought you might not come back this postseason.
“You know what, from my experience, I tried to take it a day at a time,” he said. “I didn’t want to put pressure on myself. When you do that, it can make it worse. So obviously I was confident. I knew it was mild, and I felt good. But we didn’t want to take any chances, any risk. And I felt like today was — I felt good. I was confident that I was ready, and the doctors and trainers were in the same boat as me. So it was time for me to be out there.”
Bergeron spoke about the way the Bruins played tonight in comparison to Game 2 in Boston, a wild game that he watched from above.
“Obviously the last game wasn’t really the way that we wanted to play,” Bergeron said. “It was pretty open. And obviously have a lot of fire power up front. So we tried to avoid that. And tonight, overall, it was a great team effort. Everyone stepped up, and we all played well. We all played our role. And that’s how we win.”
Bergeron also talked about how he felt the night he got hit by Flyers winger Claude Giroux.
“Obviously I wasn’t very happy,” Bergeron said. “I was pretty disappointed, especially at that time of year. You know, you want to be out there, you want to help your team. So I was pretty happy with that big win. Gave me some time to, first of all, to rest, but don’t also miss — I didn’t miss too much time, which I was pretty happy about. And obviously that first night was frustrating, and it was hard to take.”