WILMINGTON — Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a “mild” concussion in a 2-0 victory at Buffalo March 31, participated in an optional skate Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena and engaged in several net-front battle drills, and looked nimble and strong in his second time back on the ice in as many days.
“He just did some regular drills, just like he was going to be in the game,” said back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin, who worked in net against Bergeron. “He stayed in front of me and we tried to do some excercises like he was going to be in the game. I tried to do what I’m going to do and he tried to do what he’s going to do. It was normal.”
Asked if Bergeron looked better, Khudobin replied, “Oh, of course, of course. Hopefully, he’s getting better, but all the questions are still on the doctors.”
Although Bergeron was expected to travel with the team to Raleigh, N.C., for Saturday night’s game against the Hurricanes, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Bergeron was not expected to play.
“Bergy will travel with us,” Julien said. “He’s skating now and he’s skating with us and he’s better off to work out with us than to stay behind.”
Asked if Bergeron would be available to play, Julien replied, “I don’t think so. I don’t think so. We’re certainly going to be cautious with him. He’s had a history of [concussions] and we’re not going to take a gamble with it.”