With Nathan Horton out for the rest of the Stanley Cup Final, Tyler Seguin will be back in tonight’s lineup. Seguin was a healthy scratch in Game 3.
The move worked perfectly, as Shawn Thornton came in and gave the fourth line some much-needed even-strength identity.
“I wasn’t happy with the way I played last game in Vancouver,” Seguin said. “I don’t think I played at my best. I can’t say I saw it coming. I can’t say I was shocked. It was what it was.”
Claude Julien didn’t offer any insight on how he will manage the first line.
“I may not,” answered Julien with a smile when asked to disclose how he would fill the opening.
The guess here is that based on matchups, Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Michael Ryder will be the options to skate alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. The first line might not remain set the entire game.
* Given the stage they’re playing on, the Bruins will not seek retribution for Aaron Rome’s Game 3 hit on Nathan Horton. “It’s certainly not about looking for revenge. Justice has been served,” Julien said. “No other reason to look for more. If we really want to make Nathan happy, we know what we have to do. That’s win a Stanley Cup.”
* Mike Murphy, senior vice president of hockey operations, has addressed both teams. There is a zero-tolerance mandate for finger-waving. Any player that engages in such behavior will be tagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor and a 10-minute misconduct. “I don’t think we need that in our sport,” Julien said.
* Mark Recchi exercised his usual option of skipping the morning skate. Jordan Caron participated in his first skate in the series to serve as the 12th forward. Caron will also skate in pregame warmups tonight.