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Bruins Get Boosted Results from Top Lines

Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 8:15 AM ET / 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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
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T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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