|Report: Patrice Bergeron to play in Game 3||05.19.11 at 2:01 pm ET|
TAMPA — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning after missing the first two games with a mild concussion, according to a report by ESPN.
Bergeron, who suffered the mild concussion on a hit from Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, participated in the team’s morning skate Thursday at St. Pete Times Forum, doing drills and taking faceoffs as the B’s prepare for Game 3 with the series tied, 1-1. Coach Claude Julien said that Bergeron is “feeling pretty good” and is “getting real close,” but said that a decision on whether Bergeron is ready for game action will be made either Thursday or Friday.
“He’s still day-to-day,” Julien said. “Until I’m told that he’s cleared — he obviously had to skate this morning, and we had to see what’s going on — all of this is protocol stuff and everything else that goes with it. I don’t want to elaborate more.”
Julien said prior to Game 2 that if Bergeron skated in warmups, it would be an indication that he was playing. The coach offered the same message Thursday.
“If you see him out there in the warmup tonight, I’m not just sending him out there for a skate. He’s going to be playing,” Julien said of Bergeron who leads the Bruins in playoff scoring with two goals and 10 assists in 11 postseason games.
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