Bruins coach Claude Julien was reportedly coy today about whether Patrice Bergeron (concussion) will take the ice for tonight's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.


But he did say when we'll know for sure.


"If you see him out there for warmups, I'm not just sending him out there for a skate," Julien told reporters. "He's going to be playing."


The Globe's Fluto Shinzawa is bullish about the chances of the alternate captain's return.

All signs point toward Bergeron's return. The Bruins didn't go
through any line rushes this morning, so he didn't take any regular
shifts with Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. But Bergeron looked strong
during the skate. He participated in the faceoff drills that every
center goes through, with Julien dropping the pucks. Bergeron was among
the first players to leave the skate, which is his usual custom.

Bergeron has not played in 13 days since suffering a mild concussion in Game 4 of the Flyers series.