NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 30: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 30, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Report: Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Will Return From Concussion To Play In Game 3 Of Eastern Finals

Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion in Game 7 of the Boston Bruins' series with the Philadelphia Flyers. He'll be in the lineup for Boston in Game 3 vs. Tampa.

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Patrice Bergeron Will Play In Game 3 Vs. Lightning, According To Report

The Boston Bruins will have a key player back for Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, Patrice Bergeron will be back in the lineup on Thursday night, just 13 days after suffering a concussion in Game 4 against Philadelphia.

"He looked pretty good today," the source said.

Bergeron went through his usual pregame routine this morning. Bergeron should take his usual spot between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi and see ice time in all situations.

Does it seem like a quick turnaround from "Concussion-prone player suffers another" to "Patrice Bergeron in for Game 3"?

Yes, it does. Hopefully Bergeron is 100 percent and can be a full, contributing player for the Bruins on the ice on Thursday night. With him, the Bruins are a much better team at both ends of the ice than they are without him. 

For more on the Boston Bruins and Patrice Bergeron's injury, check in with SB Nation Boston and Stanley Cup of Chowder.


Patrice Bergeron's Concussion Issue, Pending Return And Unasked Questions

Patrice Bergeron almost played in Game 2. He could play in Game 3 or Game 4. Less than two weeks after he suffered a concussion, are we not asking all the questions here?


Patrice Bergeron Out For Game 2 Vs. Tampa Bay, According To Report

Patrice Bergeron took to the ice on Tuesday morning for the Boston Bruins skate at TD Garden as they prepare for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Could he play?

Claude Julien was non-committal after the morning skate, telling the assembled media that he'd play if he were in warmups, without giving any indication whether or not he'd be in warmups. According to the Boston Globe, however, he won't play.

A source close to Patrice Bergeron told the Globe's Kevin Dupont that the center will not play tonight. Bergeron has skated the last three days. He participated in practice yesterday. Bergeron is expected to skate this morning. However, Bergeron has yet to take hard contact, which indicates he has not been cleared for game action. Bergeron could return later in the series.    

Bergeron, of course, has a history of concussion problems. He suffered this most recent one in Game 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers on a hit from Claude Giroux. The general way to treat concussions is to just allow for plenty of rest, and it's only been a week and a half since Bergeron played a game.


Patrice Bergeron Injury: Boston Bruins' Center Returns To Practice

After sustaining a concussion in Game 7 of the playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins' center returned to practice on Monday, 10 days after sustaining the injury. Unsurprisingly, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien did not give an exact timetable on his return, and he has not been ruled in or out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it would be very uncommon to see a player return from a concussion the day after he is cleared to return to skating.

Rookie Tyler Seguin replaced Bergeron in game one, and his goal was about the only bright spot in the Bruins' big loss. Bergeron participated in non-contact drills, including power play and penalty killing drills, but Seguin worked with the first power play unit in practice. There's no chance that Bergeron was ever going to be rushed back from a concussion, but Seguin's promising play should take away any incentive that the Bruins might have had to bring Bergeron back too early.

For more on the Boston Bruins and Patrice Bergeron's injury, check in with SB Nation Boston and Stanley Cup of Chowder.


Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Suffered Concussion In Game 4 After Hit From Claude Giroux

The Boston Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1992 on Friday night, wrapping up a sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers. They might move on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning without a pretty crucial player, however.

General manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Saturday morning that forward Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion in Game 4 when he took a big hit from Flyers forward Claude Giroux.

There's no video online of the hit, but the general consensus seems to be that it was a clean play, although Chiarelli called it "a shade late." Giroux and Bergeron actually seemed to collide head-to-head, and Bergeron left the ice immediately. He never returned to the ice. Giroux was fine.

Chiarelli called the concussion a mild one. He said there's no timetable for Bergeron's return and that he believes Tyler Seguin will be get a chance to fill in. Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, has yet to play this postseason.

Bergeron has 12 points in the playoffs, which leads the team. 10 of those are assists, and he's crucial in the Bruins attack. His presence allows for that secondary layer behind the B's top line of Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci, and without Bergeron, it's presumably much easier to stop Boston in terms of offense.

For more, check in with SB Nation Boston and Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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