Bergeron skates; McQuaid expected back

BOSTON – While there was no update on the condition of Brad Marchand, who left the Bruins’ 5-4 win at New Jersey in the second period after taking an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, the Boston Bruins had a welcome sight at their optional game day skate Thursday morning as center Patrice Bergeron (concussion) was skating and doing non-contact drills with some of the defensemen.

“It’s a sign that he’s going in the right direction,” head coach Claude Julien said of Bergeron, who has been working out and skating alone in recent days. Bergeron has been out since April 2, missing four games after suffering a concussion.

According to forward Tyler Seguin, Bergeron is already playing a role with his team as he tries to help them get their game going in the right direction again.

“We know he’s a tough guy and to see him out on the ice and around the locker room definitely brings out the spirits in the guys,” Seguin said. “He’s a huge part of our team and a huge player and he still had things to say to us after watching the game last night.”

The Bruins will also apparently get some immediate help on their blue line Thursday night when they host the New York Islanders as Adam McQuaid appears ready to return from a strained left shoulder suffered on March 19.

“Adam’s ready. There’s a good possibility that he’ll be in the lineup tonight,” Julien said.

McQuaid was thrilled to hear that and is looking forward to helping his team again.

“I’m feeling good. I’m cleared and so I guess at this point it’s just a coach’s decision, and hopefully I’ll be in soon,” McQuaid said. “I’m looking forward to it. Especially this being a short season and missing anytime is tough so I’m just looking forward to getting back out there and competing.”

After undergoing offseason surgery for a blood clot, McQuaid struggled to find his game early on and just as it seemed he had turned things around, he suffered the shoulder injury in a 3-1 loss at Winnipeg. But rather than let frustration get the best of him, McQuaid has kept a positive approach.

“It’s obviously not the situation that you want to be in but I’ve tried to kind of change my outlook on things,” said McQuaid who has a goal and three assists in 25 games. “I want to play a hard game and I think that with that come injuries sometimes. So I’ve tried to stay positive and just work hard to get myself ready. Really that’s all I can do because I can’t really change the situations. You just try to take positives out of negative situations.”