Bruins shuffles lines looking to even series with Canadiens

TSN.ca Staff
5/8/2014 3:09:42 PM
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The Boston Bruins will be looking to even things up again tonight when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference second round series at the Bell Centre.

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With opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending, the Canadiens have a 2-1 series edge after a 4-2 victory over their hated rivals in front of 21,273 raucous fans on Tuesday night. P.K. Subban and Dale Weise scored on breakaways and Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, who made a two-goal advantage stand up for the first time all series.

The Habs were up 2-0 in Game 1, blew it but won in double overtime, then squandered a 3-1 edge late in a 5-3 defeat in Game 2. Things were different on Tuesday, however, and the Habs can gain a stranglehold on the defending Eastern Conference champions with another home win.

"You can truly dissect it and you can get into all the details, and you can say, 'Well, this detail wasn't taken care of,'" Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters in Brossard on Wednesday. "It's a game of inches. You can dissect the other team's game and you could say the same thing.

"At the end of the day, they scored more goals than we did and we lost. But it's a game of inches and we have to be better at it. And we're good at that. I think we're a good team, we break out well. I think our neutral zone is good, I think our forecheck is good. It wasn't as good as it should be, but that happens. It's a long series, and we'll see where it goes."

The Bruins may be making some lineup changes to spark things up for tonight's all-important game. The lines at the morning skate had Patrice Bergeron centring Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson, David Krejci between Daniel Paille and Reilly Smith and Gregory Campbell on a line with Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla. Also, Carl Soderberg was not on the ice but Bruins head coach Claude Julien said he would be available for tonight's game.

When asked about the new line combinations, Julien responded, "It gives (the media) something to write about so you don't get bored."

The team recalled big, physical winger Matt Fraser from Providence on Thursday morning and sent Justin Florek back down. The 6'1, 200 lb forward played in 14 games this season with the Bruins scoring two goals and tallying two fights during his NHL stint. He also scored 20 goals and 30 points in 44 regular-season games with Providence.

The Canadiens are expected to put out the same lineup that won Game 3, with Douglas Murray remaining on the blue line alongside Mike Weaver and Travis Moen up front in place of Brandon Prust.

Bruins' Practice lines vs. Canadiens

Lucic - Bergeron - Eriksson
Paille - Krejci - Smith
Marchand - Campbell - Iginla
Fraser - Caron - Thornton

Canadiens Projected Game 4 lines vs. Bruins

Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Bournival - Plekanec - Vanek
Bourque - Eller - Gionta
Moen - Brière - Weise

Gorges - Subban
Markov - Emelin
Murray - Weaver


Brad Marchand (Photo: Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Notes
MTL has won 3 of their past 4 at home vs BOS
Series PP: MTL 4/10, BOS 0/6
MTL (Lead series 2-1):
3-0-0 at home in playoffs, 3GF or more in each game, 3/4 on PK
5-0 when scoring first
14 of their 20GA in playoffs have come in 3rd pd
6 players with at least 3G in playoffs
least penalised team in playoffs 7PIM/G
Subban (3G, 8A) 6 game PT streak, 5 multi-point games
2-3-3 past 8 road games (reg+post) 6 of the games decided by 1G
4-0 when scoring first
13 of their 24G have been scored in 3rd pd
2/6 road playoff PP
0/10 on PP last 5 games in MTL (reg+post)
Bergeron (3G, 6A) 7 game PT streak
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