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Julien 'confident' Bergeron will play

6/24/2013

BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday morning he is “confident” second-line center Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Bergeron was not on the ice for the morning skate.

“Patrice will dress for warm-up tonight, and I'm feeling confident that he'll play,” Julien said. On Sunday, Julien described the Bergeron injury as a “body” injury.

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

If Bergeron is unable to play, expect either Jay Pandolfo or Jordan Caron on the ice in his place.

“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.

Here's what the lineup could look like if Bergeron returns:

Forwards

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr

Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin

Carl Soderberg-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Defense

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk

Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Goalies

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin