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Patrice Bergeron close to returning

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 18, 2011 05:02 PM

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TAMPA -- Patrice Bergeron will participate in tomorrow's morning skate at St. Pete Times Forum. Depending on how Bergeron feels after the skate, the Bruins will determine whether he will play in Game 3.

According to Claude Julien, Bergeron took contact yesterday at TD Garden. Julien made no mention of any setbacks. So while nothing is certain with concussions, it's a good bet that Bergeron will be good to go tomorrow night.

"Tomorrow morning, he's going to be on the ice," Julien said. "I have a feeling that at that point, there's going to be discussions on whether he's ready to go or not. I can't tell you right now whether he's in or not. That's being honest. He's certainly inching closer to making a return as long as there's no setbacks."

Julien noted that Bergeron's conditioning is in good shape. Bergeron didn't skate today. He skated the four previous days.

"He feels his conditioning is right on," Julien said. "In skating practices, he doesn't feel winded or anything like that."

Julien confirmed that regardless of Bergeron's availability, Tyler Seguin will make his third straight appearance tomorrow. If both forwards are available, the guess is that Shawn Thornton will be the healthy scratch. Julien said he liked how the third line of Seguin, Michael Ryder, and Chris Kelly performed last night, so that line will most likely remain intact.

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