When a big-name player with game-breaking ability is selected with a top choice in the NHL draft, the labels are thrown around liberally. They’ll call him the phenom, the wunderkind, the star. The sky is the limit, so why worry about what’s on the ground?



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."

Sean Bergenheim, Brett Clark and Teddy Purcell scored in a 85-second span midway through the first period to lead the Lightning over the Bruins, 5-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night at TD Garden. Boston lost its first game in the Eastern finals since being swept in four straight by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992. 

According to a spokesperson for TD Garden, the site is 'working to confirm' a viewing party for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night. The game between the Bruins and Canucks is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron skated prior to the team's morning skate Saturday, marking the first time the team's postseason points leader has taken the ice since suffering a concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the Flyers.

"He went out and just had a light skate this morning," coach Claude Julien said following the team's morning skate in anticipation of Game 1 of the conference finals vs. the Lightning. "That's where he's at now, just a light skate on his own.

Not only do Claude Julien and the team have confidence in Tim Thomas, the Bruins goalie said Friday he believes this Bruins team has already proven in two playoff series wins they have what it take to hoist the Stanley Cup in June. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien has no doubt that his goaltender is capable of picking up where he left off when the Eastern Conference finals begin Saturday night at TD Garden. Thomas enters the series with a 2.03 goals against, just .02 behind Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson for best among all goaltenders in these Stanley Cup playoffs.