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Bergeron Picks Up the Pace

September 22, 2018

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is hoping to get in some preseason action after dealing with back spasms. AP FILE PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Marisa Ingemi

Boston Herald

After missing parts of training camps in each of the past two seasons, Patrice Bergeron is getting closer to making an attempt at getting exhibition action.

The center, who has been dealing with back spasms, skated on his own before the Bruins practiced Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

It wasn’t his first time on the ice, but it was the first time he intensified his workout.

“It feels great to be back on the ice,” said Bergeron. “Just slowly ramping it up. It’s always good to be on the ice for sure.”

Bergeron was on the ice for 15 minutes a little more than a half hour before the rest of the team headed out for practice.

He skated for the first time on Tuesday before taking a day off.

“It was my first real practice that I actually increased the tempo,” he said. “I went two days ago, but this was my first real practice.”

With four preseason games left, the goal is to get him in action before the regular season.

“Hopefully he’s responding well,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “He started last year like that. Hopefully he gets a few exhibition games in too.”

Bergeron didn’t travel to China while recovering from groin surgery before the back spasms occurred.

As soon as that heals, however, he has no restrictions.

“The goal is to be ready for game one,” he said. “Hopefully we get an exhibition game in there at the end. We’ll play it by ear at that point, but I’d like to get one, but we’re not going to push for it. The timeline hasn’t changed, we’re still hoping for the Washington game.

“Time’s on our side, that’s not always the case during the season, so we’re trying to use that to our advantage.”

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