BREAKING: Boston Bruins Announce Captain's Status For Game 2

Boston Bruins' captain, Patrice Bergeron, was absent from the team's first-round playoff opener against the Florida Panthers due to a combination of illness and injury.

Although it was initially unclear which of the two factors had caused his absence, Bruins' head coach Jim Montgomery has since clarified that Bergeron is recovering well from his injury and is no longer sick.

However, Bergeron will still be unable to play in Game 2, and it's unclear when he will be able to return to the ice.

The veteran forward sustained an upper-body injury during the Bruins' last regular-season game against Montreal on April 13, causing him to miss five of the team's last 11 games. Despite skating on his own earlier in the day, Bergeron did not participate in the team's morning skate on Wednesday.

Pavel Zacha has been filling in for Bergeron as the Bruins' first-line center and is expected to continue to do so in Game 2.

The Bruins won Game 1 against the Panthers 3-1 without their captain's presence on the ice, but they will still aim to secure another victory and extend their series lead before heading to Florida.

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