It's happening: Bruins get Bergeron, Chara, three others back at practice

Dec 23, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) congratulates defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) after their 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Finally, the Boston Bruins are starting to return to regular health. As first reported by Kevin Paul Dupont, team revealed at the start of practice on Wednesday that Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Kevan Miller all practiced in regular jerseys.

In addition, Jake DeBrusk and Urho Vaakanainen practiced in red non-contact jerseys. Both are working their way back from concussions.

Patrice Bergeron has been out since Nov. 17 as he recovers from a sternoclavicular injury suffered against the Dallas Stars. Chara, meanwhile, is working his way back from an MCL injury suffered on Nov. 14 against the Colorado Avalanche. Miller has been out since Nov. 26, when he took a puck to his throat in a scary injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins recently assigned defenseman Jeremy Lauzon to Providence, presumably to make space for Chara and Miller's impending returns. Head coach Bruce Cassidy said last week that Bergeron has a chance to return this weekend, when the Bruins play the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (center) celebrates his hat trick against the New York Islanders with Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins (center) celebrates his hat trick against the New York Islanders with Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

David Krejci has stepped up offensively in Bergeron's absence, especially when playing with Brad Marchand and/or David Pastrnak on his line. He's scored four goals and 10 points in his last seven games.

Still, Bergeron's return to the forward group will be much welcome. As will Chara and Miller's return to a beleaguered defensive corps that's performed admirably over the past month and change.

Note: This article previously described Bergeron, Chara, and Miller as practicing in "full non-contact jerseys". They practiced in regular jerseys, confirming that they were cleared for full contact.

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