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

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

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

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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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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