In Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning it was pretty clear what the Boston Bruins were lacking.
Like a defensive leader who could calm the team down during that 3-goals-in-85-seconds flurry in the first period. Like a faceoff ace who could cut into the Bolts' 61-percent advantage on the draw. Like a scorer who could lead a rally; or, heavens to Neely, actually produce something on the power play.
So, basically, they lacked Patrice Bergeron; and the 5-2 defeat is an indication that they desperately missed him.
The good news is that it appears Bergeron is making strides to get back into the lineup. The bad news is that he's working back from (another) concussion, an injury that's both fickle and tricky when it comes to rehabilitation.
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