Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bergeron, Krejci OK a day later

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David Krejci, centre, was hit hard in Game 3, but is fine according to his coach. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) David Krejci, centre, was hit hard in Game 3, but is fine according to his coach. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Boston coach Claude Julien reported that Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci were doing fine Friday.

Bergeron played Thursday after missing the first two games of the Eastern Conference final while recovering from his May 6 concussion.

"I really felt that Patrice looked like a guy who hadn't missed a step," Julien said. "You would never have known that he almost spent two weeks without playing a game. As he said to me yesterday in the first period, maybe with the puck, he didn't feel quite comfortable. But as the game went on, he just seemed to find the groove."

As for Krejci, he was hammered by Tampa Bay's Marc-Andre Bergeron in the first period of Game 3. Krejci didn't play the rest of the period, but didn't miss a shift for the rest of the game. He was given Friday off, but Julien said the No. 1 centre will play tomorrow. Both Krejci and Julien acknowledged that the hit was clean.

When Bergeron was called for elbowing on the play, coach Guy Boucher extremely was animated in his defence of his player.

"I felt like I looked," Boucher said. "But it's just in the heat of the moment. I felt the previous game that there were a lot of penalties we didn't deserve. I was probably carrying that over to that game, and probably wanted to make sure that we felt strongly about that one like we did the previous game where I stayed a bit calmer.

"Sometimes you stay calm and it helps," he said. "Sometimes you don't stay calm and it also helps. And sometimes it doesn't help at all. So I think it's important that I act according to what I feel. And it was a short burst. And it stayed a short burst. And when you look at the replay, I think I was right on. I felt it was a clean check."

Lightning stay off ice

The Lightning opted for meetings and a video session instead of practice Friday. Tampa also stayed off the ice on Wednesday prior to Game 3.

"I think at this point of the year, we know what we're doing," forward Adam Hall said. "It's just a matter of how each team executes. It's just one of the things we've focused on."

Other than a first-period breakdown that led to Krejci's goal, the Lightning were satisfied with their defensive coverage in Game 3.

They were not as pleased, however, with their performance in the Boston zone. Specifically, the Lightning weren't as threatening around goalie Tim Thomas, who earned his first shutout of the playoffs. The Boston netminder had good looks at most of Tampa's shots.

"I think the team did a good job in front of him. I think they boxed out really well," Boucher said of the Bruins. "So it does make [Thomas'] job easier, obviously. But you're expecting that. First of all, he's a terrific goaltender. He's hard to beat when he sees all the shots. When he doesn't see those shots, he's still very quick to the puck. He tracks it really well. So whatever we're going to do, it's going to be very hard to beat him."

Tampa's transition game relies on funnelling toward the net, sending pucks on goal, and getting bodies in front. The Lightning expected Ryan Malone to be a tenacious net-front presence for tips and rebounds. So far, Malone has been quiet.

"We're a team that's used to driving the net extremely hard," said Boucher. "Guys are relentless, usually, going to the net and having their sticks heavy there and fighting. We weren't as good. We weren't as good in that respect."

Seguin to stay in, Thornton likely out

Boston rookie Tyler Seguin went scoreless in Game 3, the first time that has happened since he entered the lineup in Game 1. But Seguin contributed to the third-period cycle that led to Andrew Ference's goal from the left point, making it 2-0. Seguin won a puck battle along the wall, then sent it down the boards to Chris Kelly. In turn, Kelly moved the puck to Michael Ryder, who spotted Ference open up top.

Seguin will play in his fourth straight game today. Shawn Thornton, a healthy scratch in Game 3, is likely to be the odd man out again tomorrow.