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. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien has been asked about the status of Patrice Bergeron ever since the 25-year-old went down with a concussion in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and he has yet to offer any update aside from that Bergeron is feeling better. Friday was no different, though Julien did share a laugh with the media.

Bruins winger Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon, as the B's prepare for Saturday night's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Lightning.

Both the Bruins and Lightning swept their previous series and have been waiting for more than a week to start this series. Marchand acknowledged the important of coming out strong.

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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the upcoming series with the Lightning.

Ference said the Bruins are itching to get back to game action after having an eight-day layoff but that they haven’t gotten too restless in practice this week. “This week’s been handled well. We’ve had a couple of good practices,” Ference said. “It actually doesn’t feel overloaded. I think it’s been just the right amount.”

Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Bruins picked things up offensively in the series sweep of the Flyers, but Cherry said goals will be at a premium against Lightning backstopper Dwayne Roloson. He predicts both team's goalies will take center stage in this series.

The Bruins and Lightning both have had a lot of time off since sweeping their semifinal series, but they will finally return to action on Saturday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. 



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Patrice Bergeron was again absent from Bruins practice on Thursday as he continues to recover from a mild concussion suffered in the Game 4 series-clinching win last Friday against the Flyers. He has yet to do any on-ice or off-ice workouts. 

"All I can say is he keeps progressing on a daily basis," coach Claude Julien said of the 25-year-old center. "He hasn't been on the ice or done any of that stuff yet, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that thing will be clear and more optimistic as we move forward."

When it comes to the Bruins and special teams this postseason, everyone knows that the power play has been a huge lightning rod for criticism. With only one 5-on-4 goal through the team’s first 11 playoff games, it’s been easy to see the power play has been far from a specialty for the Bruins’ special teams.