B's hope redrawn lines spell end to slump

B's hope redrawn lines spell end to slump
March 24, 2013, 2:15 pm
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BOSTON - Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was the only player missing from practice Sunday at the TD Garden, considering that Adam McQuaid and Chris Kelly were obvious absences heading in.

Still, that wasn't the biggest storyline on Sunday.

Claude Julien decided to switch the lines up, moving Brad Marchand onto the wing with David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Meanwhile, Milan Lucic was dropped down to the third line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron, and Daniel Paille got the bump up to the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.

"Every once in a while you've got to do those things," Julien said after practice. "We've scored six goals in the last four games, so I think it's good time for s shake-up."

A 3-2 loss in Toronto on Saturday night was the Bruins' third in the past four games. They've only scored six goals in those four games.

It's clear that something needs to be done to try and create a spark. Still, doing it at the expense of breaking up the team's most dominant offensive line -- Bergeron, Marchand, and Seguin -- was the toughest decision for the Bruins' coach.

"The question mark is, do you break up that line? It's been a good line, absolutely,"said Julien. "But you can't win with one line. So we're trying to get a spark out of our team. And sometimes, like I said, as a coach, you make a change, and that's what I'm able to do.

"If it doesn't work, it's very easy to move guys around again or put lines back together," Julien said. "It's not a bad thing to have those guys play with different players."

Bergeron said all the right things after practice, but he didn't seem thrilled about the idea of taking the team's leading goal-scorer off his wing.

"There's nothing you can do," said Bergeron. "It's about doing it for the team. And that's what Claude feels it's time for. There's nothing you can say about it."

Julien also pointed out the team's relentless schedule down the stretch, as a reason for the Bruins' lack of scoring lately. He's confident it's something that will be fixed.

"It's a mental grind, and we'll get through it," Julien said. "We're going to get through it. I have no doubt in my mind. It's just that we have to fight through this right now in order to try and turn it around as quick as we can."