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Bruins rookie Soderberg may draw into Game 5

Jun 21, 2013, 10:05 PM EST

Carl Soderberg Getty Images

Lost in the Bruins’ 6-5 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4 was the lack of playing time for their fourth line. Part of the problem there was the dicey play of Kaspars Daugavins. Boston coach Claude Julien may have an answer for that in Game 5.

Rookie forward Carl Soderberg, he of all of six games played in his NHL career, skated on the fourth line at practice today with Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton signaling the possibility he gets the call tomorrow night. Julien told reporters today, as shared by NHL.com’s Matt Kalman, that he was giving things a different look.

“Just trying something else here,” Julien said before boarding the bus in front of a throng of fans outside the Garden. “Again, I’ll make that decision [Saturday]. But just get a different look at what that would look like, that’s all.”

In his six games this season, Soderberg has no goals and two assists as well as six penalty minutes. He played third line type minutes averaging nearly 15 minutes of ice time per game, but he’s yet to appear in the playoffs.

Limiting minutes for fourth line players isn’t hard to do, but Julien may be looking to give his three better lines more of a break by having a better fourth.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    I doubt he sees more than 2 minutes.

  2. itsallniceonice - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    I’d rather do 7 dmen with Bartkowski, and see how Krug does on the wing time to time.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Where do people like you come from?

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        So what’s wrong here exactly? Please hockey genius tell us all what the Bruins should do!

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        You don’t need to be a hockey genius to understand why dressing a career defenseman as a forward in a tied-series Stanley Cup game is a moronic idea.

    • dentals1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Might as well let Khudobin give wing a try whilst you are at it.

  3. zetaone - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Casper’s Dog Ovens.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Alright, enough now. Give Daddy back his IPad.

      • zetaone - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Who buys Apple lol? You some kind of hipster wannabe?

    • zetaone - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Obviously the play on words breezed over the dullards of Beantown.

      • dudermcrbohan - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        no, it was just dumb/not worth acknowledging

  4. nhstateline - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    I bet the idea is that he does see a lot more than 2 minutes. The Bruins have always been a 4 line team since Claude has been here. Losing Gregory Campbell was big because it meant that to do it they had to do a patch job. The Daugman did exactly what an average NHL fourth liner would do but Gregory Campbell is way better than the average NHL fourth liner (so are Thornton and Paille) and the difference showed up in lack of production and minutes played. This put more stress on the other three lines and in playing long games against a great team that has a lot of speed it looked like they were wearing down hence some of the D breakdowns on wednesday. Soderberg has a better skill set than the average fourth liner, has fresh legs and a lot of pro experience. It isn’t every day that a team can trot out the scoring leader from another high level league in the fourth round of the playoffs. It’s worth a shot to try him. If he’s who the Bruins think he is and waited five years to get, this should be an improvement over Daugavins (who is getting unfairly killed, he did an ok job in the playoffs for a team he’s only been on for three months himself and he only had 1 other playoff series under his belt prior to this year. For someone they got off waivers, nobody should be complaining about how he did here and I bet he’s back next year). Claude’s done a great job in this playoff run and has done things like change it up that his critics have always blasted him for. This is another example and a shot worth taking

  5. dropthepuckeh - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Never thought I’d say I think Caron should play but…

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    What’s crazy is Daugavins was a couple inches away from going down in Boston lore. If he puts that puck in the net in game one instead of coming across the crease and getting stuffed he’s a hero. He also blocked that puck with his chest and off the rebound the Hawks scored.

  7. papajack1259 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    As a Bruins fan there is no one I dislike on the Hawks! I can not say that with any other team….Solder berg might go down in lore if he scores….it is obvious that there will be one anointed from the Cup team…sad that one of these two must lose …. Great for the sport of Hockey. Go Bs

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