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Bruins centre Bergeron still being held out of playoff series

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Bruins centre Bergeron still being held out of playoff series

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WILMINGTON, Mass. - The Boston Bruins say it remains unclear whether centre Patrice Bergeron will play again this spring.

Bergeron has been held out of the playoffs as a precaution because of the Grade 3 concussion he suffered in October.

"I'm still waiting for the OK from the doctors," Bergeron said after practice Monday. "I went to see them and they wanted me to have some more practices before getting back out there. It's the doctors' decision right now."

Bruins coach Claude Julien did not say when Bergeron might be able to return.

Following consecutive overtime games - including Sunday night's 2-1 win by the Bruins, who trail the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in their first-round series - Monday's practice was limited to a few Boston players.

Defenceman Andrew Alberts managed a strong hit on Bergeron along the boards.

"That's what I need," Bergeron said. "If I want to get back there, I need hits like that to see how I feel."

He added there's no timetable for his possible return.

"I'd like to be out there and help the guys," he said. "But right now I've got to listen to the doctors and do what's best for me."

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series will be played Tuesday night in Boston.

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Bruins centre Bergeron still being held out of playoff series