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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

Tim Thomas

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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.