Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bergenheim 'doubtful' for Game 7

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Sean Bergenheim, left, is doubtful for Game 7 after suffering an undisclosed injury in Game 5. The left-winger has nine goals and two assists in 16 playoffs games. (Winslow Townson/Associated Press) Tampa Bay Lightning's Sean Bergenheim, left, is doubtful for Game 7 after suffering an undisclosed injury in Game 5. The left-winger has nine goals and two assists in 16 playoffs games. (Winslow Townson/Associated Press)

Bergenheim 'doubtful' for Game 7

Sean Bergenheim participated in an optional morning skate at TD Garden. But the third-line left wing is doubtful for tonight, said Lightning coach Guy Boucher.

Bergenheim suffered an undisclosed injury in the first period of Game 5. Bergenheim didn't play in Game 6, nor did he participate in pre-game warmups.

"I wouldn't say optimistic for now," said Boucher. "It's better. He might try the warmup. We'll see. I've still got to talk to my therapists and doctors. There's been some improvement. To what extent, we'll have to wait and see. But doubtful."

Assuming Bergenheim doesn't play, Blair Jones would see shifts on the No. 3 line with Dominic Moore and Steve Downie. Jones had a shot go off the post in the third period of Game 5. In Game 6, Jones had one shot in 6:59 of ice time.

"He's working so hard. He's a warrior. We knew that," Boucher said of Jones. "But I think he's maintaining the level of play that we're expecting out of him. He's brought a lot of grit. We knew he had that. He's one of those guys that's got enough skill. But he's got a lot of grit, pays the price, backchecks extremely hard, finishes his checks, and is first on the puck. I think that's a great recipe to have a good playoffs.

"What I like about this player is that he likes the challenges. He's on the bench and he's looking at me with those eyes: 'Put me out, I'll do the job.' It's always fun to have those guys."

Final game for Recchi?

If the Bruins lose tonight, it could mark the final game for Mark Recchi. The 43-year-old said that if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this year, he will retire. However, Recchi hasn't said what he will do if the Bruins don't reach the final.

The 43-year-old has not done much in the Eastern Conference final. Recchi has zero points in six games. It's possible Recchi could go the way of former Carolina teammate Doug Weight, who announced his retirement yesterday. While with the Hurricanes in 2005-06, the two veterans won the Cup.

"He's had a hell of a career," Recchi said of Weight. "He's a great guy. It was an honour to have a chance to play with him."

The Bruins are counting on Recchi's Game 7 experience to come through. In nine career Game 7s, Recchi has three goals and four assists.

No discipline for Horton

Nathan Horton was not disciplined for an incident following Game 6. Based on review of video shot from the St. Pete Times Forum stands, Horton sprayed a fan with a water bottle. Horton then threw the bottle into the crowd.

Tampa fans had been throwing noisemakers at the Bruins and onto the ice after the game.

PP improvement required

While the Lightning buried three of their four power-play chances in their 5-4 Game 6 win, the Bruins went only 1 for 5. They attempted only five total shots over the five power plays.

Tonight, Zdeno Chara should be back in front of the net for the third straight game. Chara debuted as a net-front presence in the series in Game 5. Chara played there in Game 6. During an early power play, Chara helped keep the cycle going for approximately 1:30 in the Tampa zone. But the Bruins couldn't land any shots during that extended cycle.

"It's only an advantage if we get pucks to the net," Claude Julien said. "I think that's the bottom line here. If you're going to put him in front, you might as well get some pucks to the net and find ways to do that. That's part of our process here - to move the puck around and create some shots."

To do so, the Bruins will need Tomas Kaberle to pull the trigger more often from the point. Kaberle played 19:46 in Game 6, including 7:06 on the power play. But Kaberle had only one shot.

"The thing you've always heard about Tomas is you'd like to see him shoot the puck more," Julien said. "There are times on the power play where if he has that shooting lane, with Zdeno in front, you have to shoot. It doesn't have to be a big shot. It can be a wrist shot. It can be anything."

Expected Bruins lineup

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Expected Lightning lineup

Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Martin St. Louis
Simon Gagne-Vincent Lecavalier-Teddy Purcell
Blair Jones-Dominic Moore-Steve Downie
Dana Tyrell-Nate Thompson-Adam Hall

Eric Brewer-Mattias Ohlund
Victor Hedman-Brett Clark
Mike Lundin-Marc-Andre Bergeron

Dwayne Roloson
Mike Smith