Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Saturday morning that Patrice Bergeron is dealing with the effects of another concussion.

As the playoff seeds began taking shape, it seemed destiny that the Bruins would meet the Canadiens in the first round. With the rivalry’s tensions the highest they had been in quite some time, it was only fitting that the two teams would meet in the postseason. 



As much as Bruins fans will soak in the feeling of avenging last year's playoff collapse to the Flyers, Bruins coach Claude Julien made it clear that he won't let his team do the same for very long as the Tampa Bay Lightning await in the Eastern Conference finals beginning at TD Garden next week. 

Patrice Bergeron took a hit from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux with 17:30 remaining in the third period of Friday's Game 4 win over Philadelphia. He did not return and his status for the start of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay is unknown at this point.

While the Bruins didn't release any information on the particulars of the injury, it appeared that Giroux's shoulder made contact with Bergeron's head. Bergeron slowly skated off the ice on his own power to finish his shift but didn't return.

In sweeping the team that spent most of the season atop the Eastern Conference, the Bruins thoroughly frustrated the Flyers from the opening faceoff through all four games, ending with Friday night's 5-1 win in Game 4 at TD Garden. 

Johnny Boychuk's laser slap shot from the right point with 17:18 left in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie as the Bruins beat the Flyers, 5-1, in Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden, completing a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal series and avenging last year's playoff collapse to Philadelphia. Milan Lucic scored his first two playoff goals while Tim Thomas stopped 22-of-23 shots for the Bruins, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992, when they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced Friday at TD Garden that Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the team in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the Bruins. Boston leads the series, three games to none. 

Rhode Island native Brian Boucher has started the first three games of the series, dropping all three contests and allowing 11 games. He was pulled in favor of Bobrovsky in Games 1 and 3 and left Game 2 briefly with an injury concern. Bobrovsky has allowed three goals in 55:15 this series. 

NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon to talk about the Bruins, who will attempt to close out the Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.

"I would say there'll be no comeback this year, but I don't know what's going to happen tonight," Leetch said.

Bruins coach Claude Julien has had to note time and time again that his team is not the same club that blew a 3-0 series lead against he Flyers a season ago. Now up three games to none on Philadelphia, Julien stressed following Thursday's practice that the B's are by no means relaxing with the lead.

"This is a group that feels like it has to continue playing the way it has been, and we're a determined group right now," Julien said. "We're certainly not sitting comfortable by any means. We never have, whether it was the last round or whatever.

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' success in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston took a 3-0 series lead on the Flyers with Wednesday night's 5-1 victory and can close out the series Friday night at TD Garden.