BOSTON -- With his team scoring just seven goals on 148 shots in the first four games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Capitals, which is now tied at 2-2, Bruins coach Claude Julien decided it was time to try some new lines up front again on Friday as he prepared his squad for Game 5 on Saturday.
Most notable of the changes was Brad Marchand -- who has no points and just eight shots in four games -- getting dropped to the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Tyler Seguin also found himself down a line with Chris Kelly, Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron.
Marchand was asked after practice if a message had been sent to him from Julien.
“Yeah a little bit, but it’s up to me to respond,” Marchand acknowledged. “I’ve played with ‘Soupy’ [Campbell] and Thorty [Thornton] last year and we played really well together, and hopefully we can bring that intensity. We were pretty offensive last year too, so hopefully we can bring that as well. We’ve played together for a while, but at this level it’s your job to be prepared to play with anyone, and things happen and lines change and you have to be prepared to play with anyone. So it doesn’t matter who you’re with, you have to play the same way.”
Campbell also alluded to familiarity, saying the switch is not as “drastic” as it may appear. To him and his teammates, it doesn’t matter who they’re with as long as they start scoring.
“If you look at the changes, they look drastic but they’re not,” Campbell said. “Marchy, Thorty and I played together almost half a season last year. At one point or another, everybody has played with everybody in this room. We look at it as a change and hopefully it jumpstarts our offense.”
As for Julien, he's just trying to find a way for his team to beat Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (44 saves in Game 4) and hopefully head back to Washington with a 3-2 series lead Sunday.
“That’s a part of trying to find solutions and it’s as simple as that,” Julien said. “You’ve got to mix up guys who are not getting the results that we’d like to. So you’re trying to make changes that will maybe spark that part of our game.”
Here were the lines at Friday's practice:
Jordan Caron/Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton