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Monday, June 24, 2013
Julien 'confident' Bergeron will play

By James Murphy

BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday morning he is “confident” second-line center Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Bergeron was not on the ice for the morning skate.

“Patrice will dress for warm-up tonight, and I'm feeling confident that he'll play,” Julien said. On Sunday, Julien described the Bergeron injury as a “body” injury.

The 27-year-old Bergeron was taken to the hospital on Saturday night after injuring himself in the second period of the Bruins’ Game 5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He flew home with the team Sunday.

If Bergeron is unable to play, expect either Jay Pandolfo or Jordan Caron on the ice in his place.

“Well, I know Pandolfo is going to be in the warm-up tonight for sure, so is Caron, so we're going to have a few guys out there,” Julien said. “And Bergeron is going to be out there, as well. If Bergeron can't go, then I have got some decisions to make. Again, there's a little bit more in the thought process than just picking a guy. I need to make decisions based on what the needs will be for tonight's game."

After Bergeron’s injury Saturday night, Carl Soderberg centered the Bruins’ second line.

Here's what the lineup could look like if Bergeron returns:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin