Source: Begeron expected to miss Game 2

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who is recovering from a concussion, will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at TD Garden, according to a team source.

The same source said, though, that Bergeron is "doing great."

Bergeron participated in the Bruins' game-day skate Tuesday morning and looked ready to play, but Bruins coach Claude Julien only said: "If he's in, you'll see him in the warmup tonight."

A league source had already told ESPNBoston.com on Monday that it was more likely that Bergeron would return for Thursday's game in Tampa Bay. "Literally day to day right now," the source said.

On Tuesday, Bergeron skated for the fourth consecutive day since suffering a mild concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers on May 6.

Julien was asked if he already knows that Bergeron is playing and if he's keeping it on the down low for a competitive edge.

"No comments," Julien said with a smile. "Nice try."

Tampa coach Guy Boucher said after the Lightning's practice on Monday that he fully expected Bergeron to be back in the Bruins lineup for Game 2.

While Bergeron was on the ice Tuesday morning, teammates Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi did not participate in the skate. Missing a game-day skate is routine for Recchi, and Julien indicated that there is no issue with Lucic after he took a puck off the right foot during practice on Monday and was clearly in some discomfort.