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In Stanley Cup Final, line changes critical

Coach Claude Julien (left), with help from assistant Doug Houda (right), determines when the Bruins make line changes.
Coach Claude Julien (left), with help from assistant Doug Houda (right), determines when the Bruins make line changes.Credit: jim davis/globe staff

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From his post “Inside the Glass,’’ NBC analyst Pierre McGuire has perhaps the best seat in the house for the Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins.

McGuire also has to go over the boards for pre- and postgame interviews with players on the ice, and in-game chats with coaches behind the bench. “Not every rink is like that,’’ he said. “Some, there’s doors in front of you or to the side, but in Boston and Chicago, you’ve got to go up and over.’’

It seemed fitting to McGuire that some things remained old school in this Original Six matchup, which shifts to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday night. “Just like the old times, yeah,’’ he said.

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