Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bergeron doubtful for Game 2

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The Boston Bruins won't say if Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday, but Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher is preparing as if Bruins' everyman will be. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) The Boston Bruins won't say if Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday, but Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher is preparing as if Bruins' everyman will be. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Bergeron not expected to play tonight

Patrice Bergeron skated this morning at TD Garden for the fourth straight day as he continues to recover from the concussion he suffered on May 6. Bergeron is not expected to play tonight because he has not taken any hits.

"I think if he's in, you're going to see him in warmups tonight," Claude Julien said.

Bergeron has yet to engage in any significant physical contact in practice. Given the nature of the morning skate, where players are hoping for minimal wear and tear, Bergeron did not take any thumps today.

Bergeron, however, has been progressing every day. Bergeron could be available later in the series, possibly as soon as Game 3 on Thursday in Tampa.

Brewer plays shutdown role

It just so happened that Eric Brewer's three previous stops were on Long Island, Edmonton, and St. Louis, three of the quieter and least successful franchises in recent history.

With his most recent club, Brewer is attracting the attention he deserves.

"There's a lot of people who haven't watched a single minute of me or St. Louis in many years," Brewer said. "I'm not too concerned about that. That's a fact of life and that's fine. It doesn't bother me. It's just kind of reality. There's a whole group of guys that have played exceptionally well and you never heard a thing about them."

Upon his arrival from St. Louis on Feb. 18 (the Lightning gave up Brock Beukeboom and a 2011 third-round pick), Brewer instantly became the Lightning's No. 1 defenceman. In the playoffs, Brewer has expanded upon his role.

Entering Game 2, Brewer averaged 26:03 of ice time per appearance, tops among all Lightning skaters. Brewer has logged a team-leading 4:25 of ice time per game on the penalty kill. On the power play, while manning the point, Brewer is averaging 4:01 of ice time per game. In 12 games, Brewer has one goal and five assists.
Nabbing the 32-year-old has turned out to be one of first-year GM Steve Yzerman's shrewdest transactions.

"He's a jack of all trades," said Guy Boucher. "That's what he's been for us. I know he's had injuries in the last years. That's probably impaired him a little bit in terms of a number of things and the quality of things he was used to doing. Now, we're lucky we're getting him healthy.

"He's on the power play and the penalty kill playing against top lines in pressure situations. His size is something that's helped us, because he has tremendous reach. He's also physical. He's had some incredible body checks that have turned some games around. They can come at any moment. He's got incredible leadership. Very assertive guy. He's not afraid to talk in meetings. When you pass by a coach and you hear guys like that taking hold of a portion of your room, you know your leadership core has grown."

Boucher has paired Brewer with Mattias Ohlund. In Game 1, Brewer and Ohlund saw heavy rotations against Boston's No. 1 line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton.

Lucic not 100 per cent

Lucic didn't participate in Boston's morning skate. During power-play drills yesterday, Tyler Seguin hit Lucic on the right foot with a shot. Lucic was in pain but stayed on for the rest of practice. Lucic is expected to play tonight.

"No issues there at all," Julien said.

Lucic walked out of the dressing room with a noticeable limp.

Roloson looking to make history

The ageless Dwayne Roloson has won eight straight games in the playoffs. With a ninth tonight, the 41-year-old would make history. Roloson is currently tied with Jacques Plante for the longest winning streak in one playoff year by a goalie 40 years or older.

"Rollie. That's basically what it is," Brewer said of the Lightning's penalty-killing prowess (94.8 per cent) in the playoffs. "We haven't really changed a lot. We've altered a few things to try and put certain players in certain positions. Every team has their way of doing things, positioning their guys in a certain way that suits their skill set. We're just trying to keep the box tight and give Rollie some good looks. He's basically done it on his own."

Lightning projected lineup

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

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

Dwayne Roloson
Mike Smith

Bruins projected lineup

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

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

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask