Patrice Bergeron to miss start of series

Updated: May 15, 2011, 2:45 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is steadily progressing as he recovers from a mild concussion suffered a week ago against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Coach Claude Julien seemed a bit frustrated at updating the media on Bergeron's status but still did so, saying that all signs remain positive.

"I don't know if you guys share a conference before I get here and say who's asking the question today, but I am getting that question asked every day," Julien poked at the assembled media on Friday. "I think he's improving, he really is improving. We're optimistic about him. As [general manager] Peter [Chiarelli] said, we knew he was going to miss the start of the series and how much he is going to miss I can't tell you right now.

"But he is on the right track and we're staying positive. Again, I say that every day. I'm not going to say much more because when it comes to concussions you have good news and you have setbacks and you have all kinds of things that can happen. I'm not going to stand here and change my tune every day except to tell you that right now that's going in the right direction."

Julien is more focused on keeping his players ready for Saturday's Game 1 against the Lightning, after what will be an eight-day layoff.

"We've been trying to keep our guys as sharp as we can and part of that is us making sure we prepare the practices accordingly and the other share belongs to them," Julien said. "They've got to be mentally ready to do those kinds of things and to execute well. And I think the guys have really been good about that."

Bergeron did take to the ice Saturday morning for a light skate, but Julien cautioned there was nothing more than that.

James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Information from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald was used in this report.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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