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Bruins feel Patrice Bergeron's absence

Updated: May 15, 2011, 6:07 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Prior to the start of the Eastern Conference finals, it was obvious the Boston Bruins would be a different team without assistant captain Patrice Bergeron in the lineup.

The Bruins' best player in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bergeron suffered a mild concussion in Boston's Game 4, series-clinching victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. His absence clearly was a factor in the Bruins' Game 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at TD Garden.

Because he's so ...

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