MONTREAL — Bruins coach Claude Julien gave his team — and the assembled media — a big wake up call when he shook up the B’s traditional lines for the morning skate at the Bell Centre.
At the skate, the first line consisted of Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, and Loui Erikksson. Representing the second line at the skate were Daniel Paille, David Krejci, and Reilly Smith, in the third line was Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell, and Jarome Iginla, and the fourth line: Matt Fraser, Jordan Caron, and Shawn Thornton.
“I think it just gives you guys something to write about so you don’t get bored,” Julien said. “Then tonight I can decide whether I want to stick with those or put my lines back to what I want…
“We have fun with things sometimes and that’s all we’re doing right now. We’re OK. We’re just having fun with things. If you guys want to write about that stuff that’s fine, but we’re OK in there. We’re just focusing on our game.”
The traditional first line of Iginla, Krejci, and Lucic has struggled throughout the series, while the second line of Marchand, Bergeron, and Smith have played well.
“Yeah, it doesn’t happen a lot,” Marchand said of the line changes for the pregame skate. “I’m sure there’s a reason for whatever he does. He’s the coach, he makes those decisions, and we live by them… every time he’s switched it up before, that’s normally how we start so we can expect the same thing.”
Carl Soderberg was missing from the morning skate, but Julien confirmed that he was just taking his option and would be in the ice for Game 4 tonight.
Fraser, the newly called up winger who arrived in Montreal Wednesday night, was on the ice for the a.m. skate but Julien would not say if he’d be in the Game 4 lineup.
“We’re going to make some game-time decisions as far as our roster is concerned,” Julien said.