Julien: Bergeron out unless he's '100 percent'


Julien: Bergeron out unless he's '100 percent'

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron skated at the TD Garden for the secondstraight day on Sunday, while the Bruins who dressed for Saturday nights Game1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning had the day off.

Bergerons presence on the ice for two straight days is anencouraging sign, but coach Claude Julien said afterwards that theorganization will never allow one of its players to dress unless allconcussion symptoms are gone, regardless of how big a playoff game it is.

If hes not 100 percent, he will never play, said Julien,when asked about the teams concussion policy for the postseason. Whether itsregular season or playoffs, our organization, even before the NHL tightenedup the rules on that, theres no way we would ever do that to a player. Thatstoo important to his personal lifestyle and the life hes going to lead afterhockey. That will always come before the game.

Its unfortunate, but thats the way it should be. Webelieve in that, and were going to continue to enforce it.

The day you see Bergeron back in our lineup, hell be 100percent, added Julien. If hes not, youre not going to see him.

Julien continued to say that he had no other update on theBruins center, other than what everybody witnessed on Sunday.

You saw him skate, and thats basically where hes at rightnow, said Julien. Thats the only update I can give you.

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Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.