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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 - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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