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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Patrice Bergeron out of lineup

By Matt Kalman
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron returned from the Olympics with a gold medal and an injured left groin that would sideline him Tuesday night against Montreal at TD Garden, he explained after he was the only Bruins player missing from the team's morning skate.

"I pulled my groin in the first week of the tournament. It was fine and then the last game it got a little worse so it should be fine, but it's day-to-day," he said.

In Bergeron's place, head coach Claude Julien inserted Vladimir Sobotka. Sobotka centered a line between Marco Sturm and Miroslav Satan during morning line drills.

Bergeron, who leads the Bruins with 37 points, played in all seven games for Team Canada, registering one assist. The injury hardly took away from the experience.

"It was awesome," he beamed with a tired but very satisfied smile. "It was a great experience. It was a lot of fun, and obviously winning that gold medal means even more and it was really a special moment."

As for the medal, he was very careful to keep it in his possession as he made his way across the continent to Boston on Monday. On Tuesday night, it was in a display case along with his Team Canada jersey and Tim Thomas' jersey and silver medal at the TD Garden.

"It's here right now," he said. "I wanted to show it to the guys and to the trainers and all that, so I brought it with me. At the airport, it was on me at all times. I didn't want to lose it."

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.