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Update: Bergeron reportedly out for Game 2


Update: Bergeron reportedly out for Game 2

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Claude Julien's cryptic non-comments about Patrice Bergeron's availability for Game 2 apparently were meant to keep the Tampa Bay Lightning off guard.
Katherine Dolan of Canada's The Sports Network reported via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that Bergeron took the ice at 1 p.m. with other members of the "Black Aces" . . . the group of reserves who won't be playing in Game 2 Tuesday night. That means Bergeron won't be suiting up against the Lightning,
Earlier Tuesday, Julien wouldnt rule out Bergerons return, saying that he would play if he were involved in the pregame warm-up skate.Bergeron took part in the Bs morning skate at TD Garden and was taking faceoffs with the rest of the centers Tuesday morning, but has still not taken any bumps or had any physical contact during practice. Bergeron suffered a mild concussion 11 days ago in Game 4 of the series against the Philadelphia Flyers.He exited Mondays practice at the Garden before the battle drills got going in earnest, and there is almost never any physicality to a game day morning skate. Bergeron would have to get through some level of contact without symptoms for 24 hours before he would be cleared to play.Julien was asked if theres a competitive advantage to not tipping his hand with Bergeron one way or the other, and gave a warm, vibrant no comment in response.Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi were both missing from the Bs morning skate, but Julien said there was no issue with either despite Lucic taking a Tyler Seguin hot shot off the foot at practice on Monday morning. Lucic was spotted favoring the right foot that was struck by the Seguin shot yesterday, but it appears he'll be playing either way.
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Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks.