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New-Look Lines Rolled Out

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 2:44 PM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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New-Look Lines Rolled Out
BOSTON, MA – After the Boston Bruins scored just one goal against the Washington Capitals last night for the third time in four games, Head Coach Claude Julien unveiled a brand new look at practice Friday at TD Garden.

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Left wing Brad Marchand, who usually skates with center Patrice Bergeron and right wing Tyler Seguin, was with pivot Gregory Campbell and winger Shawn Thornton on the "Merlot" line.

Brian Rolston played wing opposite of left winger Milan Lucic on David Krejci’s line, while Rich Reverley and Daniel Paille took the ice alongside Bergeron.

To round out the changes, right wing Seguin dressed in gray along with left wing Benoit Pouliot, center Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.

At first sight the changes look drastic, but it’s not unfamiliar territory for anybody according to Campbell.

“Something we as players are used to throughout our career is having to adapt and play with different players,” Campbell said. “If you look at the changes, they look drastic but they’re really not.

“Marshy and Thorty and I played together almost half a season last year and at one point or another everyone’s played with everybody in this room. We look at it as a change, and hopefully it jumpstarts some offense.”

While Brad Marchand has struggled to register a point in the series, Campbell felt that No. 63 could benefit from playing on his line.

“Just playing with two great players builds your confidence,” Campbell said jokingly.

On a more staid note, Campbell said that his line’s simple play may help generate more on the score sheet.

“A lot of time if you’re struggling to score or struggling in any area of your game anyone will tell you go back to basics and keep it simple,” Campbell said. “And that’s what Thorty and I always do. We try to play high energy and be physical and in playoff hockey, physicality is key and sometimes the best recipe for a change for some offense is to keep it simple.”

Like Marchand, Seguin is without a point thus far in the series and was asked if he thought a message was being sent with the line change.

“I don’t know,” Seguin said. “I think when you’re not scoring goals as a team, what’s the thing you do? You switch things up, you get guys playing with different guys and playing with Kells [Kelly] and Pou [Pouliot], obviously they’re two great players so hopefully we can pop a couple.”

After last night’s loss, David Krejci freely used the word frustration to describe his attitude after the game.

But Seguin said he felt it’s more of a determination to score, rather than a frustration.

“When you get 45 shots on net, and when you look at the actual scoring chances they’re pretty equal, that’s not very acceptable,” Seguin said. “We have to generate more scoring opportunities, kind of like Timmy [Thomas] said getting more guys to the net and banging bodies around the crease.”

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B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
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