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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Bergeron, Marchand solid in return

By James Murphy

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand returned to the lineup Wednesday night for the Boston Bruins' 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Bergeron had been out since suffering what the team called a moderate concussion April 2. Marchand suffered a mild concussion April 10 when he took an elbow to the head from New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

"They both played well and they both played hard," coach Claude Julien said. "You know, it's unfortunate they didn't get rewarded with anything tonight, but they had some great opportunities."

Marchand acknowledged that the time off may have actually been good for him.

"I felt good and I felt maybe with the little rest I had, I was able to get my legs back a bit," Marchand said. "I was skating hard and didn't feel like I missed a beat. I still practiced pretty much every day and you get it back quick. So that's good."