Bergeron could get doctor's OK

Updated: January 17, 2010, 7:46 PM ET
By Matt Kalman |

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- With the injury and illness bug devouring the Bruins, coach Claude Julien had most of his players use Sunday to ride the stationary bikes and get some medical treatments. After all, in addition to the team's various ailments, the club's charter from the West Coast arrived sometime after 1 a.m. and Boston had just played three games in four days.


Only Patrice Bergeron, Dennis Wideman and Tuukka Rask took to the ice. Wideman, who missed Saturday's game with illness, said he felt better Sunday. Bergeron is one day shy of the two-week timeframe originally set for his return from a broken right thumb. He is scheduled to be examined Monday to determine if he can return for the Bruins' game against Ottawa that afternoon at TD Garden.

"If he feels good and confident and the doctors see no issues, we'll see him in the lineup," Julien said.

Bergeron said he feels good.

But that just scratches the surface of the Bruins' ailments. Marco Sturm missed Saturday's game against the Kings with a leg injury. Center Steve Begin played just one shift after suffering an undisclosed injury in the second period. And Julien, without being more specific, said there were more bumps and bruises from the L.A. game. To take a couple of guesses, Daniel Paille probably wasn't feeling great after banging legs with the Kings' Sean O'Donnell, and Trent Whitfield might be feeling some ill effects after being hit from behind by Jarrett Stoll.

"I'm standing here right now with a bunch of question marks. And it's going to be hard for me to answer today who's in, who's out because I don't have the answers," said Julien.

Amidst the numerous players going down, defenseman Mark Stuart enjoyed a solid return on Saturday.

"It felt good; it felt really good," Stuart said Sunday. "The first couple of shifts, just trying to get my timing, but it was good."

Matt Kalman

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Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.