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B’s to keep Seguin-Kelly-Paille line together for Game 3

Jun 17, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT


The unit that won Game 2 for the Bruins will be back for Game 3.

Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille are going to be on a line again as Boston looks to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final tonight at TD Garden, according to head coach Claude Julien (as per CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty).

The trio, thrown together in the midst of Saturday’s game, combined for four points and both goals in a 2-1 overtime win.

Paille set up Kelly for the equalizer midway through the second period, and Seguin fired a beautiful cross-ice pass to Paille for the game-winner.

“I put those three guys together, and they answered,” Julien said following the game. “That line came up huge for us tonight.”

If the unit can continue to produce, it could create a major shift in the series.

Kelly came into Game 2 without a single point this postseason — scoreless in 17 games, with a minus-9 rating — and Seguin, Boston’s leading scorer from a year ago, had just one goal and five points.

Getting production from both was a huge boost to the Bruins, who relied exclusively on the Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton line for offense in Game 1.

What’s more, the new-look line has given Kelly and Seguin a place to play.

Kelly was shifted to center the “Merlot Line” after Gregory Campbell was lost for the playoffs with a broken leg, but it wasn’t working out.

Seguin was moving all over the place — he temporarily replaced Horton on the “HuLK” line in Game 1, then skated with Rich Peverley and Kaspars Daugavins to begin Game 2.

Here are Boston’s expected lines for tonight, as per Haggerty:







  1. timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Well, Boston now has the HuLK line and…the PeSK line?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      I swear Julien is having fun with this and the lines just happen to work.

    • r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Ok, how about this line Marchand, Bergeron, Jagr: MarBerGr?

      • englishpetal - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        thats hard one…. JaMBoree line???

  2. revansrevenant - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    That is a line with a lot of speed. That speed, combined with the grinding mentality of Paille and Kelly, should give Chicago’s D fits and open some space for Seguin to do what he does best.

    • r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      That line has already proved it has caused the Hawks fits. Both goals it scored in game 2 were because the Hawks could not clear the zone and they paid the price. The first goal Sharp had the puck on the boards and was forced back by Ference, he probably should have reversed the puck instead of carrying it down below the goal line, where he ended up coughing it up. Of course, the OT goal was a mishandle by Bollig, again the puck should have left the zone, but it did not, and it ended up in the back of the net.

  3. pastabelly - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    The fourth line won’t see more than 7-8 minutes of ice time. Claude is surprising nobody with this move.

    Milbury was wrong about moving Jagr down to the third line and moving Seguin up. Even is Seguin is playing better than Jagr, Jagr is not a fit on the third line at all, while Seguin can really play on any of the top three lines.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    PeSK line , I like that

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