Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning Tuesday night, according to the Boston Globe. Bergeron has been out with a concussion since leaving Game 4 of the conference semifinals following a hit from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux. 

Bergeron began skating on Sunday, and has skated each day since. He has not been cleared for contact yet, which was made evident by his leaving Monday's practice (his first with the team since suffering the concussion) early. 

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas offered some perspective on losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Lightning on Saturday night when he met the media on Monday, following the team's first full practice since falling behind in the series. 

"You think about it but it's on the outside of your thinking," Thomas said when asked if he were nervous about Game 2 drawing closer on Tuesday night. "As the game draws closer, you think about it more. We had two days off, so naturally you're going to be thinking about the game more tonight than [Sunday]. 

NHL analyst and former Bruin Aaron Ward joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday afternoon to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which the Bruins trail 1-0 after Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Lightning.

Ward cautioned Bruins fans not to panic despite the rough start.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took a significant step in his return from the concussion he suffered in Game 4 of the conference semifinals, skating with the team for Monday's practice. It was his third straight day of on-ice work and the first with his teammates since suffering the concussion.

In a sign that he may be ready to return for Game 2 Tuesday night against the Lightning, Patrice Bergeron returned to full practice Monday morning with the rest of the Bruins. Bergeron has missed the last week — including Boston’s 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay Saturday night — with a mild concussion, suffered when he was hit by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux on May 6.

Bergeron was one of four forwards wearing a white sweater, joining first-liners David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

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Patrice Bergeron skated for the second straight day on Sunday, an encouraging sign as the Bruins await the concussed center's return to the lineup. Coach Claude Julien made clear Sunday at TD Garden that while Bergeron is progressing, the team has zero intention of rushing the 25-year-old back into the lineup. 

The Bruins have won games in plenty of different ways this postseason. They’ve gone the 60-minute-effort route, and they’ve done it in overtime (in half of their wins, in fact). As was seen last round vs. the Flyers, they’ve won games in the first period (Game 3), won them in second (Game 1) and won them in the third (Game 4).



The Bruins are keeping quiet about it but Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said following his team's 5-2 win in Game 1 Saturday night that the Lightning expect the return of Patrice Bergeron in time for Game 2 Tuesday night. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien was not satisfied with the level of his club's intensity following a 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night at TD Garden. 

"I think we could've had a better effort," Julien said. "I think overall, as a team, we're definitely going to need to be better and get a better effort. The rust was even on both sides, as far as time off. You don't want to use rust as an excuse."