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Bergeron out for Game 2 of conference finals

Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 7:54 pm
 
BOSTON – The Boston Bruins will be without center Patrice Bergeron for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.

Bergeron, the Bruins' top scorer this postseason, didn't make it out for warm-ups minutes before the Boston attempted to even the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rookie Tyler Seguin, who had a goal in Game 1, will again be turned to in Bergeron's absence.

“As far as Bergeron is concerned, I think if he’s in you’re going to see him in warm-up tonight,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. 
 
Bergeron skated in his second full practice --- and the fourth time overall since his concussion on May 6 --- on Tuesday at TD Garden. He got dressed in a separate room to avoid reporters and Bruins coach Claude Julien again didn’t give guidance on when Bergeron would be back in the lineup.

Teams are not mandated to disclose injuries, outside of a player get hurt during the game. Even then, the league only requires vague descriptions -- hence the upper-body, lower-body designations -- and the likelihood of return.

Julien refused to say whether he’s ruled Bergeron out.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher, who said he expected Bergeron to play, said whether Bergeron goes or not won’t change his team's approach.

“Every time we play, we are planning for the other team to have their best players on the ice,” Boucher said. “We are not surprised or disappointed.”

Boucher, who had dealt with questions last around about two concussed players (Pavel Kubina and Simon Gagne), said he takes slightly more open tact to injury disclosures.

“When we can say they they’re not playing (due to injury), we’ll say they’re not playing,” Boucher said. “If it’s day-to-day or minute-to-minute, sometimes you have wait until the warm-up.”

Bruins forward Milan Lucic didn’t participate in the morning skate and was seen with a noticeable limp as headed to the pregame meal. Lucic was hit in the right foot by a blast during Monday’s practice.

Lucic, however, took part in warm-ups and is expected to play.

“There’s no issues there at all,” Julien said.

On top of getting their top playoff scorer back, Bergeron would also be a boost both in the faceoff circle and the team’s power play. The Bruins won only 39 percent of their faceoffs and went scoreless on their four power-play opportunities in Game 1.

“It’s a matter of everybody being better,” Julien said of his team’s struggles in the faceoff circle. “Your centermen have to be better (and) you can’t lose it clean. You have to make sure your other guys on the ice have to be ready to jump on those loose pucks. They were quicker than we were.”


-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Bergeron out for Game 2 of conference finals

If Seguin keeps that kind of effort up, this isn't a huge deal.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Bergeron out for Game 2 of conference finals

The game's not over yet, but it looks like Seguin took advantage of his opportunity. We're still into the third and the kid's got 2 goals and 2 assists... Let's hope he stays consistent like this. Not even the scoring, just the effort he's putting into the game.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Bergeron out for Game 2 of conference finals

Big opportunity for Seguin...provided Julien will turn him loose!


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