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Bruins' Bergeron cleared for upcoming NHL playoffs

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BOSTON (AP) -Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who missed most of the season with a concussion, has been cleared for the playoffs.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron was cleared Monday after being examined by his doctors.

He later practiced with full contact. He began practicing last month, but did not take part in full contact workouts.

Chiarelli says the team would see how Bergeron responds in practice before deciding whether he'll play in the first-round playoff series against Montreal, which begins Thursday.

Bergeron says he won't play Thursday.

He was knocked unconscious in his 10th game of the season in October when Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones hit him from behind and smashed his face into the glass.

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