BOSTON (CBS) – It didn’t take the Bruins long to receive a major boost during their Saturday matinee at TD Garden.

Forward Patrice Bergeron scored a first period goal against Nashville as he returned to the lineup for the first time since he was injured in November. Bergeron netted the game’s first goal with 4:40 left in the opening frame.

Patrice Bergeron celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on December 22, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

But he wasn’t done there. Bergeron gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the opening minutes of the third period with his second tally of the contest.

Bergeron suffered a rib and sternoclavicular injury on November 16 against the Dallas Stars.

The 33-year-old Bergeron scored nine goals with 17 assists for 26 points in 19 games this season as part of arguably the best line in hockey with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak before his injury.

It appears captain Zdeno Chara could be returning in the near future for the Bruins as well. He returned to practice earlier this week.

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