By Michael Whitmer
Late in Game 2 Saturday night, Bruins coach Claude Julien reunited Rich Peverley with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder on the third line, with Tyler Seguin logging only eight-plus minutes of ice time. The Peverley-Kelly-Ryder trio didn’t score, but Julien liked what he saw from them.
“They had some success earlier on in the playoffs,” Julien said. “I thought they seemed to be a pretty good line. That was encouraging for us.
“It’s about mixing and matching. I’m going to have a better opportunity here in these next two games of having more of my say in regards to [matchups and line tweaks]. We had to change on the fly sometimes yesterday. That’s what you’ve got to do on the road. You’ve got to try to get the matchups you want. At home it’s a lot easier.”
Peverely, who has two goals and six assists in 20 playoff games, welcomed the opportunity to rejoin Kelly and Ryder. He started the game with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell.
“If I end up playing with them, hopefully we can make a difference; we have done it with other series,” Peverley said. “But at the same time, Tyler, when he was playing there, he made a difference in the Tampa Bay series. So I’m happy wherever I’m playing and whatever which way it goes, I just want to be able to contribute.”