Peverley 'will use it as motivation' if scratched

Peverley 'will use it as motivation' if scratched
April 30, 2013, 5:45 pm
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BOSTON -- If the Bruins roll out for Game 1 with the exact lineup that hit the ice for Tuesday’s practice at TD Garden, there will be significant alterations to the lines that some might have expected. 

It appeared that shifty forward Rich Peverley would be scratched along with Swedish import Carl Soderberg and 38-year-old Jay Pandolfo, and that 19-year-old old Dougie Hamilton and veteran defenseman Aaron Johnson would also be among the healthy scratches when the B’s playoff run opens on Wednesday night.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was quick to point out that his staff is merely looking at combinations and trying a few things out, and that no final lineup has been penciled in for the Black and Gold.

“If you want to gauge [things] by [practice] lines, that doesn’t mean that’s my lineup, just so you guys know,” said Julien. “I put some lines together today, but my lineup has not been done yet. It will get finalized tomorrow.

“I want everybody ready, and that’s the way it is right now. We have line combinations today, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Peverley has experienced a disappointing season with six goals and 18 points along with a team-worst minus-9 in 47 games this season. Clearly he wasn’t excited when he saw the green practice jersey on Tuesday that would denote him as a member of the “scratch line”, but he was willing to do whatever was best for the organization.

“I thought I’d skated pretty well the last couple of weeks, and finally got some production in the last couple of games. I’ve always tried to play well in the playoffs in the past, and that’s something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in,” said Peverley. “It’s the coach’s decision. If that’s what he chooses tomorrow and is what’s best for the team, me being out of the lineup and we win, then that’s great.

“If [I get scratched] I’ll take it as motivation, and it’s about doing whatever you can to help the team. If it’s going out, practicing hard and making guys better, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Peverley had two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-1 in the final two regular season games of the season and was one of Boston’s best forwards with three goals and five points in last year’s seven-game series against the Washington Capitals. So there’s a pretty easy argument to be made that Peverley can add more to the lineup than Kaspars Daugavins, who was skating in Peverley’s place on the third line on Tuesday morning.