BOSTON – Injured Boston forward Patrice Bergeron will not play in Tuesday night's crucial Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bergeron did not take part in the pre-game warmups, all but confirming his absence against the Lightning, who lead the best-of-7 series after Saturday's 5-2 victory.
"As far as Bergeron is concerned; if he is in, I think you will see him in warmups," Boston coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s morning preparations.
Bergeron has not played since last Friday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, suffering a concussion on a hit by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux. But, he has skated in each of the past four days with no reported setbacks.
Tuesday morning, Bergeron took part in the optional morning skate, doing line rushes and other drills.
As is usually the case with morning skates, however, there were no contact drills. Bergeron has yet to take part in contact drills during his recuperation process.
Monday, Bergeron skated for almost an hour – his longest workout yet – including some power-play work at the start of practice. He also remained for first part of the full practice, although he left just before the team started some battle drills and down-low work in the offensive zone.
In other injury news, power forward Milan Lucic took the ice for pre-game warmups after skipping the morning skate and then leaving TD Garden around noon with a noticeable limp. Lucic took a shot off his right foot during Monday's practice.