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Bergeron "Feeling Better"

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed that injured forward Patrice Bergeron was in the Garden on Tuesday morning.

"[Bergeron's] doing better," said Julien when asked how the center is progressing. "So again, he’s dealing with the concussion symptoms and...the protocol of it. And he’s here today because he’s feeling better.

"And if anything, yeah, we’re getting some positive feedback from him."

Kampfer Skates, Chara Gets a Day Off
Kampfer celebrates after scoring against the Tamp Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. Calling the goal is referee Don Van Massenhoven, left. Lying on the ice is Tampa Bay's Dana Tyrell. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Injured defenseman Steven Kampfer joined the B's on the ice today and Julien updated his status as well.

"He’s been cleared to practice with us," said Julien. "He practiced with the other group yesterday, and I guess passed the test he needed to pass, and felt good enough that the medical group thought he was worthy of jumping in with us and then practicing.

"So that’s where he is right now, and hopefully things keep going in the right direction for him...he can take some light contact."

So far, however, Julien feels like his Bruins are all heading in the right direction.

"I think we feel good," said Julien. "I liked...yesterday's [practice], the first day after being out two days, we had a real good pace.

"Here today was a bit more about making sure we make the right adjustments and we had the right idea of what we want to do.

"Again, tomorrow’s probably the last chance to give our guys a little bit of time off here get some rest, get back to work Thursday and Friday getting ready for Saturday."

B's captain Zdeno Chara got a jump on that rest. The B's held him out of practice to let the teams average time on ice leader (28:41 per game) get some off-ice time.

"Yeah, just a day off," said Julien. "Zee is a bigger body, and he is a guy that gets a lot of ice time and for us it’s an opportunity here to give him some rest.

"The one thing we know about Zee is, he is certainly never going to be out of shape. He is one of those guys.

"So give him a rest off the ice and hopefully he will be ready for this big round coming up."

Round 3, Game 1 is Saturday
Tim Thomas makes the save as Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is pushed through the crease during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 3, 2011. At left is Bruins' Bergeron, at right is Chara. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Speaking of Round 3, Julien was happy to have a solid framework on which to base his club's preparations until Saturday at 8:00 p.m. when the B's take on the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 1 .

"Well, the one thing you have to understand as a coach, is that with all the intensity and everything that has been going on, guys to need their rest," said Julien of his work toward managing the layoff.

"What has to happen though through all of that is they can’t lose their focus. And you have to be able to balance that and you have to, as a coach, put a lot of trust and responsibly on the players not to lose that.

"At the same time, it’s important for us to make sure that the practices are good practices, that the guys are kept sharp and that the intensity is kept up. And you have to get that message across but you also have to make sure you’re pushing those guys hard and make sure that edge that they’ve had since the start of the playoffs.

"So that’s what we’re trying to do," added Julien. "Tomorrow is probably the last day [off before the series and] we will still have a good two days of practice here and we should be ready for Saturday.

"That is the best scenario we have come up with as far as getting ready for the upcoming game this weekend."

Julien admitted, however, that having an official game time to prepare for helps.

"At least it gives you some clarity on what you want to do here with the team for the rest of the week," said Julien. "I think sitting there waiting to see what was going to happen wasn’t easy for anybody and I think everyone was anxious to find out what was going on, so it’s nice to have it confirmed."

Notes: Defenseman Adam McQuaid skated for the second day...Former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen also skated with the B's...The forward lines were (white) 17-46-18, (gold) 63-23-28, (silver) 73-49-19, (merlot) 20-11-22, (green) 38-42-72.
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