ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald preview Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins.
BOSTON – Injured Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (mild concussion) skated Saturday morning at the TD Garden prior to the team’s game-day skate in preparation for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed the team’s assistant captain was on the ice.
"He went out and had a light skate this morning," Julien said. "That's where he's at right now."
Julien said he did not talk with Bergeron afterwards and didn't want to get too excited about Bergeron being back on the ice at this point.
"This is something that's just protocol. He's going through the normal stuff. Today was a light skate on his own," Julien said. "I don't think there's much more. Let's hope it keeps getting better."
Bergeron's linemate Brad Marchand was pumped to hear that he's back on the ice.
"It is, for sure," Marchand said. "He seems to be recovering pretty well right now. I don't know how it went, but hopefully it went well and we're excited to get him back."
Bergeron is expected to miss Games 1 and 2 of this series after suffering the concussion in the third period of Game 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers more than a week ago. This was the first time he’s skated since the injury.