Bergeron/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Not only does Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher expect the Bruins to come back better for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, he’s also predicting an earlier-than-scheduled return for one of Boston’s missing star players.

After his Lightning disposed of the Bruins, 5-2, tonight at the TD Garden, Boucher had this to say:

“We knew they were going to come out charging, that was no secret for anybody. We knew they were going to be elevated by their crowd. We had a game plan for it. They are a really good team, they came out hard.

“They are going to come out harder the next game. I’m expecting [Patrice] Bergeron to be in the game. Tim Thomas is going to make miracles. I would be shocked if he doesn’t come back with his best game of the playoffs. They came back in the first series, from two games. It’s only one game, we’ve done nothing yet.”

Bergeron skated this morning for the first time since he suffered a concussion May 6. He was expected to miss the first couple games of this series. He was at the Garden for the game and even showed up on the Jumbotron during a tribute to the troops. is with Boucher — Bergeron’s going to play Tuesday.