Boston Bruins C Patrice Bergeron made his long-awaited and much-ballyhooed return to the ice on Thursday. Those wondering what all the fuss was about soon got their answer.

Though he didn't figure into the early scoring, Bergeron had a noticeable impact on the game, winning a majority of his faceoffs while either breaking up plays in the defensive end or creating them in the offensive end.

"He really does bring a lot to the table for us, offensively and defensively,'' Bruins D Zdeno Chara said. "He brings so much all over the ice with his effort. He can play in all situations.''

He did Thursday, logging a regular shift despite not having played since he suffered a concussion during the final game of the Eastern Conference semifinals series against Philadelphia.