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by Paul on 05/06/14 at 02:04 PM ET
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
There will be noise. That the Boston Bruins know.
But with their second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens shifting to the Bell Centre on Tuesday night there will also likely be a shuffling of the in-game matchups. Michel Therrien owns the last line change in Game 3 and is expected to try and keep his top line – and most notably winger Max Pacioretty – away from Zdeno Chara.
However, both coaches indicated that they might not engage in aggressive matching. It’s a tempting thing to do, especially in a playoff series, but Therrien and Claude Julien each worry about it potentially disrupting the flow of the game.
“You can try and do the hard matchups, which sometimes can take away from your team’s momentum, or you can live with (what happens),” Julien said after the Bruins morning skate. “Those are things you kind of gauge as the game goes on.”
There hasn’t been very much in the way of offence from either team’s top line at even strength in this series. However, Therrien highlighted the potential downside of putting Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek out every time Chara steps off the ice.
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