The Boston Bruins did well in their season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, despite playing without franchise center Patrice Bergeron.
They likely don’t want to push their luck, though – so it’s far from good news that the pivot will be missing for a second consecutive game.
It was confirmed on Saturday afternoon that Bergeron, who missed game one with a ‘minor’ lower-body injury, still won’t be ready to return to the lineup for the team’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs later this afternoon. His status is still considered day-to-day, but there haven’t been any updates yet suggesting whether or not the team has any indication of how close he is to returning.
A second round pick for Boston from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Bergeron has served as the team’s most crucial two-way forward throughout his tenure with the Atlantic Division club. He’s a perennial Selke nominee (and three-time winner of the award), and serves as half of one of the NHL’s most dynamic duos with left winger Brad Marchand.
Without Bergeron in the lineup, Boston saw Marchand record a whopping five points on a line with David Backes and David Pastrnak – who recorded three and four points apiece, respectively, themselves. So it’s clear that the alternate captain’s other half is able to support himself on his own for the time being.
With clear indications in the past, though, that Bergeron and Marchand make one another better every time they skate out together, it’s hard to imagine that Boston doesn’t want the center to hurry back.