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05/07/2011 - 11:20am
Chiarelli: Bergeron has 'mild concussion'

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

Bergeron, who missed nearly a full year after a severe concussion when hit by former Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones in Oct. 2007, collided with Claude Giroux with 17:30 remaining in the third period of Friday's Game 4 win over the Flyers. He did not return and Chiarelli indicated he is likely to miss the start of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay, with rookie Tyler Seguin getting the chance to take his spot on the roster. 

"Patrice suffered a mild concussion," Chiarelli said Saturday. 

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. The Boston Globe initially reported...

05/07/2011 - 10:49am
Game 3 officials: Javie, Delaney, Kennedy

Two of the three officials assigned to Game 3 of the Celtics series with the Heat, which resumes tonight at TD Garden, have a past history with the team. Working the game with Steve Javie are Bob Delaney and Bill Kennedy.

After Shaquille O'Neal fouled out of the team's Christmas Day game with the Magic, O'Neal criticized Delaney, telling reporters, "They paid all that money to watch No. 26 [Delaney's number] play. If I was a fan, I would be pissed. You pay all that money for good seats, you have two of the best guys in the [NBA] sitting on the bench, out of the game. That is what happens when you have control freaks out there." O'Neal was later fined $35,000 by the league. He is expected to return to the lineup.

Kennedy has a long history with Celtics coach Doc Rivers. After a game in 2009, Rivers was fined $25,000 for critical comments to the media while Kennedy was also fined by the league for his handling of the situation.


05/07/2011 - 9:06am
Wakefield: 'Wouldn't push the panic button'

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield, following his team's 9-2 loss to the Twins that dropped Boston's record to 14-18 on the season, said that it remained premature to panic about the club. He noted that, while the team's sub-.500 record is unimpressive, its five-game deficit in the American League East remains manageable.

"I think we need to play a little better but you can’t look at our record technically. You just look at where we are in the standings in the East -- we’re only five games out and it’s May. It’s not like we’re 10 or 12 games out," said Wakefield, who gave up eight runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. "We’re still in the thick of things, even though we’re in last place. We’re still only five games out. There’s been a number of times we’ve been in July and been in second place five games out of first. I don’t think it’s an issue.

"I think we need...

05/07/2011 - 1:12am
Julien: 'Toughest games yet to come'

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. 

"Well, it’s something that has been hanging over our heads for over a year," Julien said of last year's 4-3 Game 7 loss to Philadelphia after a 3-0 series lead. "Even though we tried to turn the page, we were reminded everyday in this series. And it’s something that is there and will be there, what happened last year. But to come back and win that series, to me is a pretty convincing team in this series.

"I thought we played extremely well. It’s nice to be able to bounce back and you need to take time to appreciate what you have done and at the same time you really have to stay focused because the toughest games...

05/07/2011 - 1:01am
Julien: 'No update' on Bergeron injury

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.

"I don’t know. I have no update for you guys right now," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Basically, I can’t give you anything more than that."

Chris Kelly stepped up from his third-line role to center the line with Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand. Bergeron leads the Bruins with 12 points in 11 playoff games. The Bruins will play Games 1 and 2 at home this week against Tampa Bay, with the series possibly...

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