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The last time we saw Patrice Bergeron on the ice, the Boston Bruins were being eliminated from the playoffs via the stick of Joel Ward in Game 7 overtime. Bergeron had sustained an injury to his oblique muscle midway through the series and only managed two assists in the seven games.
"There’s no surgery, it's just rest and time to heal," Bergeron said after being knocked out. "Obviously if it would have been in the (regular) season, I wouldn't have played. I would have probably taken two and a half weeks off, healed and been fine.”
For the duration of the lockout Bergeron decided to wear the Black and Gold of HC Lugano in Switzerland. He joins former teammate – albeit briefly – Glen Metropolit, who’s spent the past three years in the Swiss League, and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa.
With 16 points through just eight games, the Bruins center has shown no ill-effects from his injury. He’s tied for 16th in league scoring, even though most players have played around 18-20 games.
Bruins teammate and EHC Biel rival Tyler Seguin has 23 points in 15 games to sit fourth in league scoring. The two went head-to-head in a recent game and although Seguin won the scoring battle with a goal and two assists, Bergeron potted one goal and added a helper while his team won the game 6-3.
There has only been one minor setback for Bergeron: he sustained a mild injury that had him miss a week and forced him out of a match against HC Davos, which is led by Joe Thornton and Rick Nash. Bergeron returned to the lineup and posted a goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss to the top team in the circuit, Geneve-Servette, led by Logan Couture.
Highlights of that game can be seen below. Note the players involved in the goal highlights are listed, in order, under the video.
With 32 points in 20 games, Lugano sits fourth in the league, one point behind Fribourg. Located in the south of the country, Lugano’s Pista La Resega Arena was built in 1995 and has a capacity of 8,000. The team has seven league championships, the last coming in 2006, and won the Spengler Cup in 1991.
04:14 Kevin Romy (Yannick Weber, Logan Couture) 0-1
24:57 Johan Morant (Patrice Bergeron) 1-1
28:35 Logan Couture (Yannick Weber, Kevin Romy) 1-2
30:12 Patrice Bergeron (Sébastien Reuille) 2-2
39:37 Luca Sbisa (Sébastien Reuille, Patrice Bergeron) 3-2
56:57 Kevin Romy (Goran Bezina) 3-3
59:17 Juraj Simek (Logan Couture, Goran Bezina) 3-4