By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Patrice Bergeron wasnt on the ice celebrating with his teammates after clinching a sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers and their first Eastern Conference Finals berth in nearly two decades. The 25-year-old center was instead trying to shake the cobwebs out after a third period hit to the head by Claude Giroux in his own end that knocked Bergeron off his skates, and immediately caused the Bs pivot to skate off the ice toward the dressing room. Bergeron never returned to the game after 13:26 of ice time and a minus-1 on the evening, and was replaced by Chris Kelly in the middle of a Brad MarchandMark Recchi line thats been arguably the best in the NHL during the playoffs.It appeared that Giroux hit Bergeron at least a couple of skating strides after the Bs center had already released a pass from his stick, and there were clearly some in the Boston dressing room that felt the hit was certainly late if not too high. Thought Giroux isnt known as a dirty player there werent many people coming to the hitters defense as a squeaky clean hit. Claude Julien had no update after the game on Bergerons condition, and the B's center was never made available to the media after his team had just clinched the Eastern Conference Finals -- a clear indicator of an injury to Bergeron stemming from the hit to the head.I dont know. I have no update for you guys right now, said Claude Julien when asked following the Game Four win. Basically, I cant give you anything more than that.Bergeron was spotted walking out of TD Garden escorted by several people that were likely going to help the center get home, but it was certainly good news that he was able to exit the building under his own power. Given Bergerons history with concussions over the last four years with the last one striking him during the middle of the 2008-09 regular season there is clear concern about Bostons best all-around player in these Stanley Cup playoffs.Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will be meeting with the media on Saturday morning, and there is likely to be an update on Bergerons condition at that point after a night of rest and recovery.