Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bruins' Seguin in for injured Bergeron

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Tyler Seguin has yet to appear in an NHL playoff game. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) Tyler Seguin has yet to appear in an NHL playoff game. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Patrice Bergeron, concussed by Claude Giroux in the third period of Game 4 of Boston's second-round series against Philadelphia, will not be available for the start of the Eastern Conference final.

Bergeron, the Bruins' No. 2 centre, is leading the team in post-season scoring with 12 points (two goals). Bergeron has been dominant on faceoffs, winning 64.2 per cent of his draws.

In practice Monday, Chris Kelly replaced Bergeron on the second line between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi.

"It's something we think can be a good fit," coach Claude Julien said of Kelly skating in Bergeron's spot. "He's had some pretty good numbers in the  playoffs. But he's also very reliable at the other end of the ice as well. It's a starting point."

Tyler Seguin, a healthy scratch for the first two rounds, practiced on the third line. Seguin was on the right wing alongside Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley. Game 1 against Tampa Bay will be Seguin's NHL playoff debut.

"Right now, it's crunch time. It's about winning," Julien said. "As I mentioned to him, it's not so much about being patient and seeing things. It's more about results right now. It's going to be important that he tries and gets us some results. Results for him would certainly be competing really hard in all areas and utilizing his skill assets to create some scoring chances and some goals."

Seguin last appeared in playoff hockey last season in junior. Seguin's Plymouth Whalers were eliminated in the second round of the OHL playoffs by Taylor Hall and the Windsor Spitfires. Seguin didn't score a point in the series. Windsor won the Memorial Cup.

"You can't assume not playing," Seguin said. "But if a guy's going to get hurt, I wanted to do the best I could to get a shot."

Bergeron was diagnosed with a mild concussion. After absorbing the hit from Giroux, Bergeron skated off the ice on his own.

Bergeron couldn't do that after his previous two concussions. On Oct. 27, 2007, Bergeron was taken off the TD Garden ice via stretcher after he was checked into the boards by then-Flyers defenceman Randy Jones. Bergeron didn't play again that season.

On Dec. 20, 2008, Bergeron needed help from his teammates leaving the ice after he ran into current teammate Dennis Seidenberg, who was playing for Carolina at the time.

Roloson steadies Lightning

During the regular season, the Lightning went 1-3-0 against the Bruins. But Dwayne Roloson didn't appear in any of those four games.

After the Lightning acquired Roloson from the Islanders on Jan. 1 for Ty Wishart, the veteran netminder firmed up what had been Tampa Bay's underbelly. In the playoffs, Roloson has been arguably the league's best goalie. Through 11 games, Roloson is 8-3 with a 2.01 GAA and a .941 save percentage.

"He's one of those goaltenders that seems to have gotten better with age," said Julien. "When you look at his first years in the league and you look at him now, there's a big difference. He's earned himself a No. 1 spot. He wasn't that when he was younger."

Roloson has ties with Tim Thomas. Roloson starred for four years at UMass-Lowell, where he played for ex-Bruin Bruce Crowder. Before Roloson's senior season, Crowder recruited Thomas. But Thomas opted not to accept Crowder's offer because he would have been behind Roloson on the Lowell depth chart.

Instead, Thomas enrolled at the University of Vermont in 1993-94. Thomas was classmates with Martin St. Louis. In 1995-96, Thomas and St. Louis led Vermont to a Frozen Four appearance. Thomas is considered the university's best goalie in history.

Thompson carves out niche

Nate Thompson is one of Guy Boucher's trusted foot soldiers. Thompson is a bottom-six grinder who is leading the Lightning forwards in shorthanded ice time per game in the playoffs.

But Thompson was originally Boston's sixth-round pick in 2003. Thompson also served as captain in Providence, Boston's AHL affiliate. Prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, the Bruins placed Thompson on waivers, hoping he would pass through. The Islanders claimed Thompson, who was then reunited with former Providence coach Scott Gordon.

In turn, the Lightning claimed Thompson on waivers on Jan. 21, 2010. Thompson scored 10 goals and 15 assists in 79 regular-season games this year. Thompson has one goal and two assists in the playoffs.

Gagne expected back for start of series

Simon Gagne didn't play in Games 2 through 4 of the Lightning's second-round sweep over Washington. Gagne is believed to have suffered a head injury.

Gagne practiced with the team Monday in a non-contact jersey. The Lightning are expecting Gagne to be available for the start of the series.

"He is feeling very good," Boucher told Tampa reporters on Sunday. "Chances are he'll be playing."

Gagne was a Bruin killer last year when he was with Philadelphia. He scored the winning goal in Game 4, the first of four straight Flyers victories.