Bergeron/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron remains out of off-ice or hockey-related activity as he continues to recover from a mild concussion, head coach Claude Julien said today.

“He is still going through the protocol I guess. And all I can say is he keeps progressing on a daily basis,” said Julien. “As I mentioned, he hasn’t been on the ice, hasn’t done any of that stuff yet. So we are keeping our fingers crossed that things will start being clear and more optimistic here as we keep moving forward.”

The Bruins figured earlier this week they’d be without Bergeron for the first couple of games of the Eastern Conference Final series that starts Saturday. Right now, it still looks that way.

Bergeron suffered his concussion in the third period of Game 4 against Philadelphia last Friday. The NHL protocol typically calls for a player to be symptom-free for seven days before resuming activity.