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Julien: Bergeron 'going through the protocol'

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Julien: Bergeron 'going through the protocol'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Patrice Bergeron still has yet to take part in any physical activity on or off the ice, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien, and is going through the protocol of a return from his concussion.Bergeron was at TD Garden on both Tuesday and Wednesday over the last few days, and is making progress from his third concussion in the last 3 years suffered in the third period last weekend in the Game Four win over the Flyers. The 25-year-old center needs to go seven straight days without concussion symptoms before the Bruins would attempt to ramp up any workouts.The Bruins are moving forward with the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night running under the assumption organizationally that Bergeron wont return for the series but are hopeful that their best two-way forward can jump back in against the Lightning.All I can say is he keeps progressing on a daily basis. As I mentioned, he hasnt been on the ice, hasnt done any of that stuff yet, said Julien of Bergeron, who led the Bs with 12 points in 11 playoff games. So we are keeping our fingers crossed that things will start being clear and more optimistic here as we keep moving forward.Tyler Seguin will make his NHL Stanley Cup playoff debut on Saturday night due to Bergerons absence, and Chris Kelly will be bumped up to second line center between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi in Bergerons forward spot.

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Morning Skate: You lose. Grab your shovel, rookie

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Morning Skate: You lose. Grab your shovel, rookie

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying the most wonderful season of the year.

*Here’s a fun moment with David Backes and Charlie McAvoy as the B’s rookie D-man had to clean out the dog poop in Backes’ backyard to pay off a bet after BU took a beating.

*JT  Brown is done raising his fist to raise awareness for social injustice and is going to get even more involved in the community than he already is in Tampa.

*Riggins talks about his hockey memories from playing in the celebrity game at the NHL All-Star game while promoting a new movie.

*The experienced, still-dangerous Henrik Zetterberg isn’t slowing down for the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Hockey News.

*A former chef for the Bruins is one of the finalists for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy in Men’s Health Magazine.

*Connor Hellebuyck may be able to buy some time for the Winnipeg Jets, but they have a serious between-the-pipes problem.

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