WILMINGTON -- Claude Julien's third-period line changes on Wednesday night in Montreal certainly paid off, as Tyler Seguin's move up to the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic helped produced a pair of goals in the opening minutes of the third.
A day later, the Bruins' coach was hesitant to make a decision as to whether or not he would keep the new lines together, or put Nathan Horton back with Krejci and Lucic.
"We don't want to overlook the fact that that line with Horton, Lucic, and Krejci, was our best line," said Julien on Thursday. "Last night, it's not that they were bad. It's just that it wasn't generating much, and neither was the other line. So we made that kind of switch.
"It's something that I have to think about, for sure. Do I try it a little longer, or do I go back to our regular lines? If the same thing happens, at least I can always switch again. It's something that, thank God I have a couple of days to think about. And hopefully the decision will be the right one.
"Yesterday was just a reaction thing on my part," added Julien. "I was trying to create more offensive scoring chances. And I think both guys, even though Tyler scored on the first shift, Nathan had a great chance in his first shift with the other line. It was just a bit of a spark, and sometimes it's what you need. It's nice to know that you can move guys around like that and there's still some good things happening out there."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later.
*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray.
*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?
*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years.
*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.
*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition.
*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament.
*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season.
*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.
*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.