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Bergeron Hopeful to Play vs. Tampa Bay

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 4:40 PM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bergeron Hopeful to Play vs. Tampa Bay
TAMPA BAY, FL -- Patrice Bergeron is not the most verbose guy and as you'd expect, the B's alternate captain prefers to do most of his "talking" on the ice. Add an injury into the equation and the center keeps it even closer to the vest.

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Asked about the nature of the injury that sent him to the locker room during the second period of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Bergeron would only say it was his "lower body."

"I’m doing better than yesterday, I guess right now it’s day-to-day and we’ll see what it feels like tomorrow," said Bergeron, who concentrated on getting treatments on Monday. "Yeah pretty much. Do as much treatment as you can and try to get it to feel better I guess and, hopefully...it's good tomorrow, but you never know so it’s day-to-day."

Day-to-day has been a foul expression for Bruins fans who have seen a growing injury list come to include Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Tuukka Rask, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid and even recent AHL call-up Max Sauve (who was injured in his first NHL game).

As such, Bergeron did his best to return to the ice during the third period of Sunday's matinee.

"Yeah I tried, I really wanted to make it work," said Bergeron. "But it was pretty painful so I had to get off.

"I wasn’t able to feel like myself or close to myself out there...[so] the trainers -- I talked with Donny [DelNegro] -- and they said I had to get off."

Bergeron hasn't been on the ice since.

"No, I haven’t tried anything. Just the treatment this morning and hopefully like I said it feels better," said Bergeron. "It’s better than yesterday so hopefully it keeps going like that."

Asked for his assessment of his team's injury predicament, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said to the press, "I think you guys spoke to Bergeron, so you have a pretty good idea what he’s going through.

"He’s going to be a game-time decision I guess, and...we’ll reevaluate him tomorrow.

"Paille is still day to day and a possibility. Pouliot we don’t know yet, day to day. McQuaid – day to day.

"They’re all banged up so the only major injury we had yesterday was Sauve -- he’s gone back [to New England]. He left this morning, and we sent him back to Boston. So, the rest are all with us because they’re just day-to-day situations."

And Patrice wants off that day-to-day list ASAP.

"We did some X-rays and they were negative so everything’s good," who also said, "I want to get out there so we’ll try in the morning and see how it fells.

"But I’m hopeful – I hope I’ll be ready."

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