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The Bruins are also without Marc Savard, who like Bergeron had been among the team’s top scorers when healthy. He has been out with a concussion since January _ the second straight season he has missed time after a hit to the head.

“Obviously, those two players are very, very good _ some of the best players in the league,” Lightning center Nate Thompson said. “We’re preparing as if (Bergeron) is playing. It’s a shame if he can’t. Our league is better off with everyone out there.”