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TAMPA — Up until Thursday night, the kids had been the ones to sit out. First it was Matt Bartkowski, then Dougie Hamilton. But against the Panthers, Bruins coach Claude Julien decided that it would be Adam McQuaid’s turn, a demonstration that the defensive rotation is likely to be based on the team’s needs — offense or defense — at that particular moment.
Over the last few games, the Bruins have been struggling with their offensive finish and on the power play. Enter Hamilton, who helped fix both, netting a power-play goal through traffic in the 3-2 win over Florida.
“It’s a situation where you kind of weigh the pros and cons and make those decisions as you go game to game,” said Julien.