Boucher predicts Bergeron will be back for Game 2

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:13 AM ET

Now, in addition to his considerable achievements as a rookie coach in the NHL, we'll see how well Guy Boucher does at diagnosing the health of opposing players.

After his Tampa Bay Lighting beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Saturday night, Boucher predicted injured Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron would play in Game 2 Tuesday night.

The Bruins' second-line centre worked out on the ice Sunday for about 20 minutes with an assistant coach before some of his teammates ventured out for practice at TD Garden.

Bergeron took passes and fired shots in an effort to come back from a concussion he suffered in Game 4 of the Eastern semfinal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bruins coach Claude Julien was adamant Bergeron, who has had two previous concussions, will not return to play until he is 100%.

"If he's not 100%, he will never play," said Julien. "Whether it's the regular season or the playoffs, our organization, even before they tightened up the rules on that, there is no way we would ever do that to a player. That is too important to his personal lifestyle and the life he is going to lead after hockey. That will always come before the game.

"It's unfortunate, but that's the way it should be. We believe in that and we are going to continue to enforce it. So the day you see Bergy back in our lineup, he will be 100%. If he's not, you're not going to see him."

Chris Kelly played in Bergeron's spot between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi in Game 1 and rookie Tyler Seguin went into the lineup, scoring a goal and assisting on the other.

"He's a young kid. He competed well (in Game 1) and was rewarded with a nice goal, the type of goal that we know we're going to see more of as he moves forward here in his career," said Julien, who used Seguin sparingly (11 shifts, tied with tough guy Shawn Thorton for fewest among the Bruins). "He's a great player and (Saturday) night, excited about his first game, played with lots of energy and did a good job."

With the Bruins power play struggling -- it's now 2-for-41 in the playoffs after going 0-for-4 in Game 1 -- Julien was asked why he didn't try the offensively-gifted Seguin with the man advantage.

"You've got to understand this is a 19-year-old that hasn't played in 11 games. He comes back in and you want to give him small chunks to bite on, certainly work his way up.

"I think the other part is if our power play had not started picking it up ... had it not, then we would have thrown him in there."


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