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Bruins Get Boosted Results from Top Lines

Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 8:15 AM / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Bruins Get Boosted Results from Top Lines
BostonBruins.com – Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien isn’t one to put added pressure on his players in times of struggle.

He made that clear after Tyler Seguin, who led the team with 67 points in the regular season, failed to register a point in the first five games of the series against the Washington Capitals.

“It’s not about attacking your players or saying they’re not doing enough,” Julien said Monday. “[It’s more] what is it? Are you feeling the weight? Are you feeling the pressure? Are you frustrated? Is everything good?

"And those dialogues usually turn out pretty good and by the end of it you want that player to be confident.”

In Game 6, it all turned out according to plan.

Seguin notched the game-winning goal in overtime to stave off an early summer for the Bruins and force a Game 7 at TD Garden Wednesday, and he also set up Andrew Ference’s go-ahead goal in the third period when his shot rebound off Braden Holtby’s mask, only to be slammed home by Ference.

“You want him to feel good; you want him to feel like he can make a difference in the game,” Julien said, explaining why he put Seguin on the line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. “I think putting them back together, you could see Tyler’s game coming around and when it comes around, you give him that opportunity to take it to the next level.

“Putting him up on that line again just creates that excitement again,” he said.

The results weren’t only positive for Seguin, who sported the team’s game MVP lock and chain after the win.

Lucic and Krejci, who were also held pointless going into Game 6, had two points apiece and brought the offensive spark back to the Bruins top six forwards.

 “It’s just a matter of understanding [Lucic’s] game,” Julien said. “And his game’s not just about running guys through the boards, it’s about playing the big role, being a big strong player, strong on the puck and still being able to make plays like he did last night on the winning goal.

“So this is what you need from guys like that and that coming around has just given us that option. Although they are still only one-goal wins, now you’re not relying just on the third and fourth lines, but also on the first two.

"And now we’re talking about scoring that’s spread out and now other teams have to decide which guys, or which lines, they want to shut down."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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