BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron returned to Boston with the rest of the Bruins on Sunday morning, and according to coach Claude Julien, he is considered "day-to-day" for Monday night's Game 6.
"He's day-to-day," said Julien on Sunday at the TD Garden.
Bergeron left Saturday night's Game 5 and was taken to the hospital, but when asked to describe centerman's injury as either upper or lower body, Julien stayed mum on the details.
"Body injury," said Julien.
As Bergeron-related questions continued to start Julien's press conference, the coach became somewhat frustrated and revealed that "day-to-day" wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
"Guys, he's day-to-day," said Julien. "And day-to-day is really good news to me, anyways. It should be to you guys."
If Bergeron is medically cleared to play in what is now a must-win Game 6 at the TD Garden on Monday, it will be the assistant captain's decision as to whether or not he'll play.
"It's like that every year," said Julien. "You hear those stories when it's all said and done, and what guys have played through. Those guys deserve a lot of credit. And I'm going to be honest here, I've never been a coach that's pushed guys to play. Because if they don't want to, I don't want them in my lineup. So the guys that you see in our lineup are guys that want to play. This is where they deserve a lot of credit. If they can and if, medically, they're cleared, and they want to, I'm not going to hold them back. They could be medically cleared, but if they're iffy about their situation and don't feel comfortable, then they're not going to be in our lineup."
Julien also made it a point to describe just what "medically cleared" means. It doesn't mean that Bergeron has to be 100 percent to play in Game 6.
"Medically cleared doesn't mean you're 100 percent," said Julien. "But you're told that you can go."