Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Bergeron doubtful for Thursday night
By Matt Kalman
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins coach Claude Julien classified center Patrice Bergeron as doubtful for the game against Toronto on Thursday but would not completely rule out his star.
Bergeron, who missed the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to Montreal Tuesday night with a groin pull he suffered at the Olympics, did not practice Wednesday. Julien said Bergeron would be re-assessed Thursday morning and that the injury is definitely not a serious one. If Bergeron doesn’t play against the Leafs, Julien said, the goal would be to get him in the lineup Saturday against the Islanders on Long Island.
* The Bruins traded Derek Morris and Byron Bitz off their NHL roster before practice and then went through a spirited 30-minute session with assistant coaches Geoff Ward, Craig Ramsay and Doug Houda particularly vocal. One drill featured players battling 1-on-1 in the attacking zone.
“I think the one thing is that somewhere along the way is we’ve got to find some energy,” said Julien about the focus of his practice. “When I say energy, whether it’s the pressure, whether it’s the expectations that have been put on us, there’s a lot of things right now that has taken away, probably, our jump.
“I can stand here and tell you that before the game (Tuesday) night, our players really knew how important that game was and what it meant and everything else. But then when you look at what happened on the ice, it’s hard to think that they were that ready. I said that last week, with Team Canada, when you looked at the skill that they had and you say ‘what’s happening there?’ Pressure sometimes does those kinds of things to you. So we have to somehow get some energy and get some fire in our belly and get excited about playing more than letting us get weighed down by the pressure that’s on us.”