Bruins’ Center Patrice Bergeron may see action in tonight’s game 7 against the Habs. B’s coach Claude Julien said he “would not hesitate to use him” if he is medically cleared to play today. Bergeron has been out since October 27th after suffering a concussion in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bergeron said that his doctor had not cleared him to play as of this weekend, so Patrice suiting up and sitting on the bench tonight may be more for team morale than for direct impact during the game. Players coming back from grade three concussions need to be very careful with returning to sports activities, as it is very easy to re-injure yourself, or cause an even worse injury.
Tonight’s game is the first time the Bruins and Canadiens meet at the Bell Centre since 1979. That game included the infamous “too many men on the ice” debacle with Don Cherry.