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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