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Bergeron skates; McQuaid ready to return

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Bergeron skates; McQuaid ready to return
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron, sidelined for the past eight days with a concussion, skated on his own Saturday morning at TD Garden.

"He went out and just had a light skate this morning," coach Claude Julien said after his team's morning skate in preparation of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night. "That's where he's at now, just a light skate on his own."

Despite the positive news, Julien insisted the Bruins were not getting ahead of themselves -- there is still no timetable for Bergeron's return.

"This is something that's just protocol; that he's going through the normal stuff," Julien said. "Today was a light skate on his own, and he just got off the ice when we went on. I don't think there's much more that we can give you except that it can go either way. We're certainly not going to comment on that kind of stuff and just hope that he keeps getting better."

Bergeron will almost assuredly miss both Saturday night's Game 1 and Tuesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Garden. He suffered the concussion, the third of his career, during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Flyers.

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, also injured in the conference semifinals -- he suffered a neck injury after an awkward tumble into the boards during Game 2 -- will be back in the lineup Saturday night, likely replacing Shane Hnidy, who played the past two games.

"He's a steady defenseman and he gives us the size and the toughness," Julien said. "They have some big guys up front, the (Ryan) Malones, the (Vincent) Lecavaliers, some of those guys that come in and grind it out. So we need some size back there and he is going to provide us with that."

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