May 16th, 2011 by

A step in the right direction for Bergeron

(Photo: Bridget Samuels/Ikeastan Hockey) Patrice Bergeron skated today for the third straight day

For the third straight day, injured Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron skated on his own, this time joining his teammates on the ice.

Bergeron suffered a mild concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals after a questionable hit from Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux; Bergeron missed Saturday’s opening contest in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning.

Today’s skate was the most intense for Bergeron, who skated for a little over an hour. Bergeron skated alongside Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand when he was out there.

No. 37 also saw some time on the Bruins power play, and penalty kill, certainly a good sign for the veteran center.

When first diagnosed with the mild concussion it looked like it was a lock for Bergeron to miss Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but after today’s skate, Game 2 may be a possibility.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t have much of an update on the status of Bergeron.

“Something you can’t predict how quickly or how slow it’s going to be, we’re not ready to make any comments” added Julien. “We’re going through protocol. Not much to update other than when he’s ready to go you’ll know.”

When asked if Bergeron was ready for Game 2 Julien had a simple answer “no comment”.

Well I guess a “no comment” is better than a no.

It’s also important to keep in mind that Bergeron has not been cleared for contact, something that needs to happen in order for him to suit up for the Bruins.

If you ask me, I say Bergeron comes back for Game 3, but hey that’s just my opinion.

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