WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins head coach Claude Julien said today during a press conference at Ristuccia Arena that there hasn’t been much change in center Patrice Bergeron’s condition.
It was learned Saturday that Bergeron suffered a mild concussion Friday night against Philadelphia.
The coach knows from his own team’s history with concussions to Bergeron, Marc Savard, David Krejci and others, the recovery process can be slow and there won’t be drastic change every day.
“You guys know he’s got a mild concussion so I don’t think there’s much of a change here,” said Julien, whose team is still waiting for the NHL to determine its Eastern Conference finals schedule for the series with Tampa Bay.
“I don’t know that every day it’s going to be one of those questions wondering what’s going on with him. I think the best thing is that we hopefully plan on updating you as we see progress here. I’ve texted with him, obviously he’s talked with a lot of people and we’re hoping for the best here – No. 1 for his sake. I’ve always said that when it comes to concussions, you think about the person first and not the player.
“And we’ll deal with the situation and make the best of it. But there’s no doubt we’d love to have him back. But not until he’s 100 percent and ready to go.”
As for the hit from Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, who knocked out Bergeron early in the third period of Boston’s series-clinching Game 4 win, replays seemed to show it was pretty late. But Julien wasn’t sure there was anything outside of the rules in the play.
“It’s borderline. I just wish sometimes – we don’t want to take the physical part out of it, it is part of it – you just wish somehow we could cut down on those concussions,” said Julien. “Again, not necessarily for the game of hockey, but more for the individuals. We know how serious those things are and somehow they seem to be creeping up in our game and we’re trying to find ways to minimize those. But was it borderline late? Maybe. But it’s kind of real iffy. I don’t know that it was intended to injure. It’s just an unfortunate hit.”