Bruins' Patrice Bergeron 'Felt Pretty Good' In Return Against Lightning

Boston Bruins didn't record a point in his return to action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3, but the veteran center looked good on the ice. Read more at Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron 'Felt Pretty Good' In Return Against Lightning

Patrice Bergeron made his much-anticipated return in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, and all things considered, the B's veteran center looked good on the ice.

Bergeron didn't record a point in the game, but was skating at full speed and was bumping up against Lightning skaters without any problems. Bergeron finished the game with two shots on goal, one block and two penalty minutes.

"I felt pretty good out there. I was pretty happy to be back to help the team. And no, I didn't know which game; it was more a matter of taking it a day at a time. It felt good for the past week. So I decided I was ready to go, and I had some practices this week. I had a little bit of contact with the extra guys on game day last game. I felt good." (via Fox News)

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Reportedly Back In For Game 3 Against Lightning

According to a report from ESPN Boston's Joe MacDonald, Patrice Bergeron will return to the Bruins lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against Tampa Bay. It's likely that with Bergeron in the lineup, and with Tyler Seguin having earned himself a roster spot, Shawn Thornton will be the odd man out as Rich Peverley will drop to the fourth line.

The Bruins' proposed lineup looks like this:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid


Bergeron's return should make Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand relevant again, and Seguin and Ryder together should help create space for each other, helping the Bruins to give their two best shots a chance to show their wares. Peverley on the checking line adds an additional element of speed, and with Daniel Paille's push, could prove a formidable threat to opposing defenses - as long as either one of them can finish with the puck. 

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Patrice Bergeron Reportedly Out For Game 2 Against Lightning

While Bruins' coach Claude Julien maintains that center Patrice Bergeron remains a game-time decision for tonight's game two against Tampa Bay after suffering the third concussion of his career last Friday in game four against the Philadelphia Flyers, a Boston Globe report indicates that he won't be in the lineup when the puck drops at Tuesday night. 

Bergeron has been practicing with the team for the past three days, but left the ice before the battle portion of Monday's practice and wasn't subjected to any physical contact in Tuesday's morning skate. 

His presence was sorely missed in Saturday's game one, as number-one pivot David Krejci lost 15 of the 18 faceoffs he took in the game, and the rest of Boston's centermen didn't fare much - if any - better. 

Julien was pressed with questions about Bergeron's availability during Tuesday morning's press briefing, but tersely told reporters that he had nothing left to offer on the subject before abruptly ending the press conference. 

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Will Not Be Rushed Back From Concussion

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will not be rushed back from his most recent concussion, according to Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

Bergeron, who suffered the concussion during the third period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, skated for the first time since the injury prior to the Bruins' morning skate on Saturday and was on the ice for solo time at TD Garden on Sunday.

"If he's not 100 percent, he will never play," Julien said. "Whether it's regular season or playoffs, our organization, even before they tightened up the rules on that, there is no way we would ever do that to a player. That is too important to his personal lifestyle and the life he is going to lead after hockey that, that will always come before the game. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it should be. " (via WEEI)

This is the third concussion that Bergeron has suffered in his seven year career.

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Skates For First Time Since Concussion

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron skated for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers before the Bruins' morning skate on Saturday.

"He went out and just had a light skate this morning," coach Claude Julien said following the team's morning skate in anticipation of Game 1 of the conference finals vs. the Lightning. "That's where he's at now, just a light skate on his own.

"This is something that's just protocol, that he's going through the normal stuff," the coach added. "Today was a light skate on his own, and he just got off the ice when we went on. I don't think there's much more that we can give you except that it can go either way. We're certainly not going to comment on that kind of stuff and just hope that he keeps getting better." (via WEEI)

Bergeron didn't score a goal but had five assists and eight assists in the series against Philadelphia. Bergeron scored 22 goals and 35 assists in 80 regular season games.

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Patrice Bergeron Could Miss 7-10 Days, Eastern Conference Finals

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron suffered from a mild concussion following a hit from Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux with 17:30 left in the Bruins' 5-1 win in Game 4 on Friday night.

Bergeron's concussion was first reported by Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe via Twitter on Saturday morning, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli later confirmed that Bergeron had suffered from another concussion.

Team officials did not indicated how much time Bergeron would miss, but Dupont speculates it could be 7-10 days.

My read: figure Bergy out of mix for 7-10 days, perhaps into posible Cup final.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Bergeron, who missed nearly an entire season in 2007 recovering from a concussion following a hit from former Flyers defenseman Randy Jones, had three shots on goal and two hits in Game 4 on Friday.

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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Has Another Concussion

Bruins' fans worst fears came true on Saturday morning, as reports have surfaced that center Patrice Bergeron suffered from yet another concussion following a hit from the Flyers' Claude Giroux with 17:30 left in Boston's 5-1 series-clinching win in Game 4 on Friday night.

Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe first reported Bergeron's concussion via Twitter on Saturday.

Not from team, but top source has confirmed Bergeron concussion.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli later confirmed the reports according to WEEI.com.

"Patrice suffered a mild concussion," Chiarelli said Saturday. (via WEEI)

In 2007, Bergeron was sidelined for nearly a year after a hit from former Flyers Randy Jones in October. Bergeron had three shots on goal and two hits before leaving the game on Friday. In the regular season, Bergeron had 22 goals, 35 assists, 57 points, a plus/minus of plus-20 and registered 26 penalty minutes.

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