Boston Bruins in Switzerland: Patrice Bergeron Returns from Injury

Chris BlanchardContributor IIIOctober 30, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 31: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins congratulates Tyler Seguin #19 on his goal at 10:37 of the third period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York.  The Bruins defeated the Islanders 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Patrice Bergeron returned to the ice today in Switzerland for HC Lugano after missing the team's last two games with an upper-body injury.

The injury came to light when Bergeron was absent from last week's game against the Kloten Flyers. He then rested for the following game against HC Davos, after being listed as questionable. Bergeron was severely missed in the 6-5 loss to a Davos team, that featured Rick Nash and former Bruin Joe Thornton.

Bergeron has a history of upper body injuries, having played through the 2012 NHL playoffs with a torn oblique. The injury was especially troubling as Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask suffered a groin injury just two days earlier, from which he has since recovered.

As the NHL lockout continues, the durability of stars playing in Europe will become a major story. Luckily for the Bruins, Bergeron's excellent performance today proves that his injury is nothing to worry about and that last week's rest was purely precautionary.

Bergeron, who had a hand in all three Lugano goals, looked superb despite a 4-3 loss to Geneve-Servette HC. Bergeron scored his seventh goal in five games and added two assists in the losing effort.

San Jose Sharks star Logan Couture led Geneve-Servette HC to the victory with a goal and two assists of his own. Couture now ranks fifth in the Swiss National League with 19 points.

Bergeron's three-point game continues his tremendous start to life in Switzerland, where he has hardly skipped a beat.


The Bruins center now has seven goals and seven assists in just six games.

The tremendous defensive play that earned Bergeron the 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy now seems to be complemented by an elite offensive game.

Bergeron is currently ranked third on his team in points, having played in just one-third of the team's games. He is on pace to eclipse Lugano teammate and former Bruin Glen Metropolit in the very near future.

Elsewhere in Switzerland, Tyler Seguin had an assist for EHC Biel in a loss to EV Zug. Seguin was notably joined by Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, who made his EHC Biel debut.

Kane should help Biel climb in the league standings, and could potentially form a deadly partnership with Seguin if they ever play on the same line.

Despite Seguin and Kane's efforts, EV Zug claimed the victory with help from NHL stars Henrik Zetterberg and Linus Omark.

Seguin continues to excel in Switzerland, with eight goals and nine assists in just 13 games tying him for the team lead.

One year after leading the Bruins in scoring, Tyler Seguin is beginning to look like a superstar. Averaging more than a point-per-game, he looks ready to take the NHL by storm, if the lockout is ever resolved.