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'Red jersey is over now'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 7, 2008 01:48 PM

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Patrice Bergeron was cleared for full-contact practice this morning, took part in battle drills, and is back on the Ristuccia Arena ice for a solo session with assistant Doug Houda.

"I'll talk to the guys," said Bergeron. "I'll tell them the red jersey is over now. Obviously Montreal's not going to give me any favors."

Bergeron ruled himself out of Game 1 Thursday. Bergeron will practice the next two days at Ristuccia and travel to Montreal. Neither he nor the Bruins have committed to his Game 2 availability Saturday. Bergeron would need to be cleared by his doctors one final time before he can appear in a game. The Bruins will evaluate his progress daily to determine whether he's strong enough for game action.

"He wants to play," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "But he's also a very rational young man. He knows he has to clear these other hurdles."

* Marc Savard hopes to practice with his teammates tomorrow after skating on his own for approximately 15 minutes. "Hopefully I'm going to see action right away," said Savard, hinting at a Game 1 return from his back injury. "I've been doing everything I can. I've been resting on the couch. I've been resting every day."

* Andrew Ference (sprained knee) participated in practice and will be ready to play Thursday. He might, however, have a hard time cracking the defensive corps. "I think all of us go into practice thinking nothing but being in," Ference said.

* Glen Metropolit (foot) was given the day off. Glen Murray also was given a maintenance day.

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