Boston Bruins

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - MAY 04: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on May 04, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Bruins’ plans to get fully healthy by the week’s end are off to an encouraging start.

And on Tuesday, the team received its best update yet with word that Patrice Bergeron would indeed join the team for Wednesday’s scheduled practice in New York.

“He’s coming tomorrow [and] we expect him to practice with us tomorrow,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed following a morning skate at Madison Square Garden. “If all goes well, [his return] could be as early as Thursday.”

That update from Cassidy is confirmation that Bergeron responded well to Monday’s contact-free practice session at Warrior Ice Arena, and that a return is indeed around the corner provided he clear this next round of hurdles.

Injured in a collision with the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby in a Feb. 8 meeting with Pittsburgh, Tuesday will mark Bergeron’s third straight injury with an upper-body injury (head, to be exact). In addition to the allusions that Bergeron is dealing with a concussion or concussion-like symptoms, the Bruins have confirmed that Bergeron is also dealing with a laceration suffered on the collision, which ended with the back of his head slammed into the boards.

The 36-year-old Bergeron has 12 goals and 35 points in 43 games this season.

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