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08:26 AM ET 05.11 | Boston and Tampa Bay will open Saturday, and while it's unlikely Patrice Bergeron will be in the lineup, there are positive signs for his future. The fact Bergeron was even at TD Garden Tuesday while the Bruins were practicing was good news. Bergeron, one of the team's best players during the first two playoff rounds, is continuing his recovery from a mild concussion suffered when he was hit by the Flyers' Claude Giroux in the third period of Game 4 against Philadelphia last Friday. Coach Claude Julien sounded encouraged by the center's progress. "He's here and he's doing better," said Julien. "Given the concussion symptoms and everything else and the protocol of it, he's here today because he's feeling better, so we're getting some positive feedback from him."

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May 11, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Only one phrase should apply to concussions: Don't rush it bringing the guy back.

May 11, 2011  08:34 AM ET

glad Bergeron is not having to sit in a dark room with no sounds, like Savard ...
I am sure the Bruins will take the cautious route making any attempt to have him come back, which they should.

May 11, 2011  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Only one phrase should apply to concussions: Don't rush it bringing the guy back.

correct, especially since this is like his third; mild or not dont rush it...

May 11, 2011  09:08 AM ET

The Saturday night start for Game 1 is buying Bergie some much needed time.

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May 11, 2011  09:37 AM ET

As a Boston fan, the last thing I want is for Bergeron to come back too soon. His next concussion, mild or not, should and will be his last, so coming back when minor contact could re-damage any trauma that is not yet completely healed would be foolish.

Positives going forward if he can return in the playoffs: with the exception of San Jose, who hopefully will drop off this list soon, the remaining teams (Detroit, Vancouver, Tampa) are all classy organizations that are not known for goonish attempts to injure other players. The Flyers, Penguins, etc. are all out, and the Bruins are by far the most physical team remaining in teh tournament.

So if he can return, there should be not headhunters out there on the ice hoping to give him an elbow to the head or make a cheap run at him after he is out of the play like Giroux. So if he can make it back, he should be able to play hockey without fear of Cooke, Avery, Carcillo, and their like.

May 11, 2011  09:51 AM ET

Everybody who has posted so far is 100% correct. It doesn't prove you're tough if you come right back....................it's too risky until there is a confident medical clearance.

May 11, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

As a Boston fan, the last thing I want is for Bergeron to come back too soon. His next concussion, mild or not, should and will be his last, so coming back when minor contact could re-damage any trauma that is not yet completely healed would be foolish.Positives going forward if he can return in the playoffs: with the exception of San Jose, who hopefully will drop off this list soon, the remaining teams (Detroit, Vancouver, Tampa) are all classy organizations that are not known for goonish attempts to injure other players. The Flyers, Penguins, etc. are all out, and the Bruins are by far the most physical team remaining in teh tournament.So if he can return, there should be not headhunters out there on the ice hoping to give him an elbow to the head or make a cheap run at him after he is out of the play like Giroux. So if he can make it back, he should be able to play hockey without fear of Cooke, Avery, Carcillo, and their like.

Only 6 comments in and we already have the "C" word.

May 11, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Everybody who has posted so far is 100% correct. It doesn't prove you're tough if you come right back....................it's too risky until there is a confident medical clearance.

Dammit Slappy, you made look like I can't count. :-)

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May 11, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Dammit Slappy, you made look like I can't count. :-)

What do you mean "look like" you can't count? We got up pretty high there. Pretty soon you'll have to take your socks off! :-)

May 11, 2011  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Dammit Slappy, you made look like I can't count. :-)

What do you mean "look like"? Although we were getting up pretty high there! You'll need to take your socks off now! :-)

May 11, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What do you mean "look like"? Although we were getting up pretty high there! You'll need to take your socks off now! :-)

Damn! My third double post in two days. I'm gonna take a class in counting myself!!

May 11, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Damn! My third double post in two days. I'm gonna take a class in counting myself!!

How the **** does that happen?

May 11, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Damn! My third double post in two days. I'm gonna take a class in counting myself!!

How the **** does that happen?

May 11, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Avery

Salty language doesn't dish out concussions.

May 11, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This is the only part of your comment that I would not tend to agree with. I think San Jose is a big strong team and they can bring the physical stuff as well as anybody. That's why I'm pulling for Detroit to finish the comeback.

SJ might be big but for the most part a lot of them play soft. Murray is a beast and their defense is pretty large as a whole.

But the forwards don't play mean very often. Lots of softies up front.

May 11, 2011  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Salty language doesn't dish out concussions.

no they don't.
and "sloppy seconds" never desevered a suspension.

May 11, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

no they don't.and "sloppy seconds" never desevered a suspension.

I hate it when The Avery gets lumped in with Matt Cooke.

Totally different players.

 
May 11, 2011  12:06 PM ET
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So if he can return, there should be not headhunters out there on the ice hoping to give him an elbow to the head or make a cheap run at him after he is out of the play like Giroux.

The Giroux hit was purely incidental contact. Just like Steckel's hit on Sid. If either of them were the least bit illegal the league would have taken immediate and decisive action.

I'd be concerned about the "mild concussion" term. That's what Sid had and we're still waiting.

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