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B’s replace Meszaros with Bartkowski, Fraser eyes ‘dream’ playoff debut

May 8, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins are making some tweaks to their lineup heading into Game 4. Matt Bartkowski takes Andrej Meszaros‘ spot on defense while Matt Fraser will make his debut with Jordan Caron being the healthy scratch.’s Joe Haggerty reports that Daniel Paille will be on the “Merlot Line” thanks to these shuffles.

In the case of Bartkowski, Haggerty believes that this gives the B’s an increase in speed.

That’s likely a bigger impact move than Fraser getting his first bit of action, although the 23-year-old sounds primed for third-line duty. Haggerty reports that Fraser is trying to keep it cool even though this is a dream come true.

“As a kid you play for the Stanley Cup a thousand times when you’re in the street or on the outdoor rink, but not in this environment,” Fraser said. “It’s exciting obviously, for sure. I’m not trying to downplay it all, but once you’re out there you need to find your groove, and play your game.”

  1. pepper2011 - May 8, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    He did more than “eye” it. He wined and dined and finished.

  2. sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    And Fraser GETS his dream playoff debut! Best of 3 now, Habs!

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Some people thought I was being sarcastic when I said I was excited for Fraser. I was excited and look at the kid work off that Fro Yo and score the game winner. Hell of a way to take advantage of the situation.

    Fraser/Smith/Morrow will more than make up for Seguin.

    • pepper2011 - May 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      And eriksson

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        I know it’s not popular or sane but I was really stoked about the long term haul. I like Eriksson and all but he’s not a game changer like Seguin/Smith/Fraser (from what I hear about Fraser).

        Eriksson was a placeholder to make sure the Bruins had someone to fill in the points gap while Smith and Fraser matured. Happened sooner than expected.

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