Coach's Call: Stanley Cup finals Game 4

June, 8, 2011
6/08/11
11:58
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ESPN's Barry Melrose breaks down three coaching moves made in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

1. Peverley on top line: The biggest decision Bruins coach Claude Julien had to make was who to put on Boston's top line with Nathan Horton out. Julien plugged in Rich Peverley between David Krecji and Milan Lucic, and obviously it worked out great with Peverley scoring two goals.

2. Ballard in for Rome: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault gave Keith Ballard his first start since Game 5 of the Western Conference finals in place of the suspended Aaron Rome. It didn't work out well, but things were not going well for anyone on Vancouver's side. It was a tough game for Ballard to get his first action of the series.

3. Luongo's status for Game 5?: The question going forward is what to do with Roberto Luongo in Game 5. I think Cory Schneider will start. Luongo has struggled in two straight games, and the Canucks need something because they look flat right now. Schneider looked sharp in the third period, and Vigneault has already showed this postseason he is willing to start Schneider.

Barry Melrose

NHL studio analyst
Former NHL player and coach Barry Melrose is an NHL studio analyst for ESPN.

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