DETROIT — It wasn’t quite a perfect debut — he did, after all, lose the opening faceoff — but the important part was that Patrice Bergeron was on the ice, demonstrating his customary two-way game, all while not suffering any ill effects from the injuries that crippled him in the postseason.
The last time Bergeron was seen in a game he was dealing with the effects of torn rib cartilage, a broken rib, a separated shoulder, and a punctured lung.
He was back on the ice Saturday night, right in the mix against the Red Wings, as he skated with new linemate Loui Eriksson. And while there is more chemistry to gain with Eriksson and Brad Marchand, Bergeron passed his first test, looking like his old self. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.