Bergeron, Marchand, Horton man B's top line

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Bergeron, Marchand, Horton man B's top line

BOSTON -- It sounds like Claude Julien has decided theres a new No. 1 line for the Bruins heading into their seventh game of the year, and its not the forwards donning the white practice jerseys.

Claude Julien took delight in shooting down the supposition that Chris Kelly was being placed into a top line center position with his current reshuffling of the lines, but Kelly is essentially being a center on a top-six forward line no matter which way you slice it.

The Bruins are going forward with their new look forward lines, and heres the breakdown with Julien essentially throwing everybody from the top three forwards into a bag, shaking it up and then taking a look at the contents out on the ice against a red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs team.

Tim Thomas was also the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins at Thursdays morning skate at TD Garden, and will get the start vs. the 4-0-1 Maple Leafs the NHLs leading scorer in former Bs winger Phil Kessel.

Here are the lines with the safe assumption that Steve Kampfer will make the start for the Bruins:

Marchand-Bergeron-Horton
Lucic-Kelly-Seguin
Peverley-Krejci-CaronPouliot
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo

Ference-Kampfer

Thomas
Rask

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

Cassidy: Bruins 'will be fine' if they simply take care of business

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins took Wednesday off and returned Thursday with assurances they weren’t thinking about history repeating itself for a third straight season. 

The easy parallels are there, of course. 

The Bruins lost 9 of their final 14 games and missed the playoffs by a point two years ago. Last season they went a pathetic 3-8-1 in the final 12 games and once again missed the postseason by a single point.

So their recent three-game losing streak has set off some warning bells and whistles, as has the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs have passed them and pushed the B’s into the second wild-card position. Boston holds a slim two-point lead over the New York Islanders for that final playoff position, and is facing huge games against the Tampa Bay Lightning (tonight) and the Isles (Saturday).

So with all that in mind, has interim coach Bruce Cassidy’s message changed at all to his players? 

“These are teams [close to the Bruins to the standings, so the games] get more magnified and rightfully so,” said Cassidy. “We accept that and we know what’s at stake. The last two didn’t go the way we wanted them to, but the things we do well, we need to keep doing well. We’ve created some looks at the net. We’re generating some offense. We need to finish a little better, and those pockets of the game that get away from us . . . we need to minimize those. We had a few too many of those [moments] against Ottawa. 

“We’re aware of it. We know who won and who lost last night. But we need to take care of our business. If we do, we’ll be fine. We really will. If we take of our business, it doesn’t matter what this team does or what that team does.

"That’s a fact. That’s the message. It’s quite simple. If we take care of business, we’ll be fine. If we don’t, then we’re hoping.”

Clearly taking care of their business includes dispatching both the Lightning and the Islanders. Hoping is what the Bruins ended up doing in each of the previous two seasons, and it left them fully out of luck once the music stopped.


 
 

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.

 *A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.

*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?

*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.

*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.

*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?

*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.