Joe Haggerty of CSN New England is reporting that Boston Bruins C Patrice Bergeron has been cleared for contact after today’s practice and will play in tonight’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Bergeron has been out of the lineup due to a concussion suffered in Game 4 of the Bruins’ previous series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bergeron’s return will most have the most effect with face-offs, as the Lightning hold a slight 73-67 edge so far in the series. Bergeron has been almost masterful in the circle, winning over 64% of the face-offs he’s taken in the playoffs.
If Bergeron does play, Haggerty reports that 4th line C Shawn Thornton will be the healthy scratch for the Bruins. LW Tyler Seguin replaced Bergeron in the lineup for Game 1, but his 6 points so far in the series was deemed to invaluable to lose for the rest of the playoffs.