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Patrice Bergeron Misses Practice, Penguins Game For Personal Reasons

After playing in every Boston Bruins game so far this season, Patrice Bergeron is taking a break.


The Bruins center missed a Friday morning team practice. After practice, head coach Claude Julien announced that the team's leading scorer would be out of Saturday evening's matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins for "personal reasons." Julien refused to elaborate.


New England Hockey Journal's Black and Gold Blog has rookie Tyler Seguin taking Bergeron's place in Saturday's lineup. Seguin was a healthy scratch for Thursday evening's 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightening.


Bergeron has played in 64 games so far this season, equaling his 2008-09 totals and just 8 games off his 2009-10 totals. His 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) is just 2 points off last season's total. His career high in games played in a season is 81, accomplished in 2005-06. His career points high is 73, accomplished that same season. Bergeron missed most of 2007-08 after suffering a serious concussion at the hands of Philadelphia Flyer Randy Jones.