Bruins’ Bergeron practices on Monday

 

Boston Bruins coach, Claude Julien, will have quite the decision to make prior to Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. A day after dropping the series opener 5-2 the Bruins received some great news, as veteran forward, Patrice Bergeron, who missed that game with a mild concussion, was skating with his teammates for the first time since the injury. Even though no timetable has been set out regarding when .. or if .. he will be back, it was quite evident that Bergeron’s teammates received a huge lift in seeing him take part in a team practice. “First time he came down to shoot on me I didn’t realize he was on the ice,” Bruins’ goalie, Tim Thomas, said about Bergeron, who has been out since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers. He got off a good shot. We miss that and we miss a lot of things he brings. We want him to be ready to play when he does. I don’t exactly know his status, but it’s always fun to see him on the ice.” Bergeron, who is the teams best playmaker, faceoff taker and penalty killer has now skated for three days in a row, which has prompted some media speculation that he may play in Game 2 on Tuesday night. This was something that Julien wouldn’t directly comment on. “It’s just something that you can’t predict … how quickly… or… how slowly it’s going to be,” Julien said about his assistant captain, who scored 22 goals and 57 points this year. It’s just one of those situations where … right now … you see him going through what you saw him going through today’s skating. But that’s protocol, and right now, we’re not ready to make any comments, because he’s just going through those stages.” Meanwhile Tampa Bay coach, Guy Boucher, is convinced that Bergeron will …in fact … be playing in Game 2 on Tuesday night. “So we’re expecting him to be there for the opening faceoff, Boucher said. If he’s not … which I highly doubt … I think he’s going to be there.” (playing)

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