Without a game until Wednesday (a visit by the Lightning), coach Claude Julien gave his charges the day off today, their second in four days as a reward for a 5-0-1 stretch.
The key tomorrow, when practice resumes in Wilmington, will be the status of Patrice Bergeron, hobbled badly at about 7:15 of the first period Saturday when he first slipped while killing a penalty and then got nailed by a Filip Kuba slapper.
Bergeron required attention in the dressing room until the final minute of the period, then returned to play effectively throughout the night. One of the most agreeable members of a very agreeable roster, Bergeron did not make himself available to the media at the end of the evening.
He appeared to roll his right ankle slightly prior to getting nailed by Kuba’s shot, but Julien said Bergeron’s sole issue was dealing with the effects (undisclosed) of the Kuba slapper.
”He didn’t roll his ankle or anything,” said Julien, who last week lost Milan Lucic for another month when the big winger suffered a high ankle sprain. ”It was the result of the shot. He left and he came back. He feels fine and hopefully that is the end of it.”
Only seconds after Bergeron dropped to the ice, Milan Michalek knocked in a Daniel Alfredsson relay for a 2-0 lead, the Senators essentially working with a 5-on-3 power play with Bergeron felled.
”I think we were a little disorganized because Bergy was out of the play, basically,” recalled goalie Tim Thomas. ”As the play’s still going on, I’m thinking, ‘Man, I hope Bergy’s O.K.’ ”