Patrice Bergeron sounded like he was progressing nicely in his recovery from a concussion sustained 11 days ago when the Bruins finished off the Flyers. He is, but the progression wasn’t enough, and predictably the Bruins’ leading playoff scorer has been ruled out for tonight’s Game 2 against Tampa Bay, according to a report from ESPN’s Joe McDonald.
McDonald cited a source who said Bergeron is “doing great,” and that he simply isn’t quite ready for game action. Bergeron’s participation in practice both yesterday and this morning was a clear sign of improvement for a player that’s now had three concussions over his past three-and-a-half seasons. However, he still hasn’t taken any contact in practice, which is often the final hurdle before being cleared.
The Bruins haven’t given an official statement on Bergeron’s status aside from head coach Claude Julien simply saying that “if he’s in, you’ll see him in the warmup tonight.” His likely exclusion doesn’t come as a surprise given his concussion history, but Bergeron appears to be steadily working towards making his first appearance in the third round Thursday night for Game 3.
Bergeron leads the Bruins with 12 points this post-season, and as usual he’s been the team’s top playmaker with 10 assists. That playmaking ability didn’t exactly translate to the powerplay this season, with Bergeron scoring only 11 powerplay points over 80 games. Regardless, after going 0 for 4 in Game 1, a powerplay unit that’s operating at a pathetically putrid 4.9 percent in the playoffs needs all the firepower it can get.