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Monday, June 24, 2013
Patrice Bergeron in for Bruins

By James Murphy
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins second-line center Patrice Bergeron was in the lineup for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night despite missing the morning skate.

Coach Claude Julien said Monday morning he was "confident" Bergeron would play.

"Patrice will dress for warm-ups tonight, and I'm feeling confident that he'll play," said Julien, whose Bruins trail the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the best-of-seven finals. On Sunday, Julien described the Bergeron injury as a "body" injury.

The 27-year-old Bergeron was taken to a hospital on Saturday night after injuring himself in the second period of the Bruins' 3-1 loss in Game 5. He flew home with the team Sunday.

If Bergeron was unable to play, Jay Pandolfo or Jordan Caron were expected to take his place on the ice.

"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.