The Bruins’ dismal offensive output has its scapegoat — the team’s second line — and it bears asking whether Claude Julien will switch things up for Monday night’s Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Julien, trying to be as coy as possible, said in his pregame remarks that he has tried to have patience with the second line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin, which has a combined one goal and two assists in the series.
“Patience has been good in the past for our team,” Julien said. “Sometimes it plays against you and you have to live with those consequences, but there has been times when people have gotten on the players and the players have eventually responded and you’re glad that you gave them that opportunity. That’s what we’ve done with that line so far.
“[David] Krejci’s line has been extremely good. I thought [Chris] Kelly’s line in the last two games has gotten better at creating things. And our fourth line has been our fourth line.
“Before you start blowing things up, you hope to have a little more patience and you hope that it pays off. I guess we’ll see what happens tonight.”
The Bruins have dropped two straight 2-1 games, allowing the Leafs to tie the series. Despite that, Julien — who is 4-4 with the Bruins in Game 7s — was confident.
“I’d have to think we’re confident,” he said. “There’s no need to look behind us now. We got to look at what’s ahead of us and that’s the big game tonight that’s going to decide our fate.
“So I don’t have worries about the confidence of our team. We just gotta go out there and play the kind of game that we can, which we haven’t in a while. If we do that, our chances are pretty good.”
Julien also lamented missing Andrew Ference, who will not suit up for Game 7 because of an undisclosed injury. He was seen wearing a boot and walking on crutches.
“Well, you always miss the presence of a veteran,” Julien said. “I think the leadership that he brings is missed. Having said that, [our] team is deep enough and good enough that that shouldn’t be a reason not to be able to win this game tonight. You miss players throughout the season and that’s just part of the nature of this game and you have to overcome those obstacles.”