ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rich Peverley returned to the Bruins' lineup for their 3-2 win over the Ducks on Sunday night after missing 19 games with a severe MCL sprain in his right knee. Peverley didn’t show much rust and almost scored early in the first period when he took a beautiful feed from Patrice Bergeron in the slot but was robbed by Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller, who made a glove save. But while he didn’t register a point in 16:44 of ice time, he said he felt good.
“It felt pretty good,” Peverley said. “The legs weren’t all there and I felt a step behind, but as the game went on I felt better. He was holding me back a few shifts and that’s expected but overall I felt good and feel good now.”
Peverley skated with Bergeron and Brad Marchand and credited his linemates with helping him get right back into it on the ice.
“Well, Bergy made a great play and I put it where I wanted but he made a great save,” Peverley said. “But that helped me get into the game faster and gave me more confidence. Both those guys are so creative and good, and it helped a lot to be playing with them.”
Head coach Claude Julien also liked what he saw from Peverley, and said he believes if he hadn’t been out since Feb. 17, Peverley would’ve found his way onto the scoresheet.
“You saw his creativity and if it wasn’t for the rest, this guy would’ve had some points tonight,” Julien said. “He was in the right place doing the right things but somehow the puck was rolling off his stick or he bobbled it or whatever. That to me is attributed to not playing in so long. But he skated well; I liked his energy and he seemed to be surprisingly sharper than I would’ve expected him.”