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Cassidy Breaks Up Perfection Line Again; Grzelcyk Out For Bruins

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In an effort to once again jumpstart his team’s offense, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has broken up ‘The Perfection Line’ for Game 6 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

David Pastrnak will be back on the second line with Erik Haula and Taylor Hall, while Jake DeBrusk jumps back up to ride shotgun with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the top line.

Of course, this is the top 6 forward setup that the Boston Bruins leaned on from January 1 right through to Games 1 and 2 of this first round series before Cassidy reunited ‘The Perfection Line’ for Game 3. The top trio, that has carried the offense for the Boston Bruins since the 2017-18 season, immediately found their chemistry again. Marchand (3g, 5a) had eight points in Games 3 and 4, while Bergeron had a goal and an assist and Pastrnak had two goals and two assists.

Unfortunately, the Bruins seemed to once again lean too heavily on that top line. The second line of Hall (1g), Haula (no points) and DeBrusk (1g, 2a) wasn’t bad in Games 3 and 4 but in the 5-1 loss in Game 5, when the Perfection Line was silenced, that second, and the third line too, didn’t step up.

It should be noted, as he has throughout the series, Cassidy stressed after the game-day skate Thursday, that ‘the game will dictate’ how long he keeps this current setup in effect. 

Boston Bruins winger Chris Wagner will also sit up top as Trent Frederic will draw back into the series Thursday.

There will also be changes on the blue line for Game 6 as Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm returns after a three-game absence with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 2. As a result, Matt Grzelcyk will be the odd-man out with Cassidy telling the media on Thursday that Grzelcyk is ‘playing through stuff’

Here’s what the lineup should look like for the Boston Bruins when they take to the ice and try to stave off elimination in Game 6 at TD Garden Thursday night:

Forwards

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron– Jake DeBrusk

Taylor Hall – Erik Haula – David Pastrnak

Trent Frederic – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith

Nick Foligno – Tomáš Nosek – Curtis Lazar

Defense:

Hampus Lindholm – Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly- Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort – Connor Clifton

Goalies:

Jeremy Swayman 

Linus Ullmark

 

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John

Why is Foligno still in there ? Hasn’t done jack this series ( or this season for that matter)

Alex

I hope they buy him out this summer , what a waste money and time

Frank V

Grzelcyk always seems to be playing “through stuff” this time of year… Not built for post season…

Rick W Murray

Matt’s been a disaster this season. If there is another keep him out of that one as well. While we’re at it please take Foligno out as well what complete waste of time.

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KingBruin77

Finally!! Gryz is so weak and such a liability, especially in the playoffs…its 3 years over due to sit this guy. He single handedly put the Bruins down 2 – 0 in game 5. Such a bad resigning for way too much money…get rid of him! Take Clifton over him any day….thats right! Any day!! We’ll, most days. Haha.
Go Bruins!!

KingBruin77

Smart to break up perfection line in game 6. I’m sure it would have been put back together quickly if needed, but they need to get 2nd line with Pasta going for game 7 match ups in Carolina…this spreads the strength to w lines and both 1st and 2nd line looked good in game 6. Now that hopefully gives confidence to produce in Game 7. Need a better game from Hall though. Smith and 3rd line too.
Let’s go B’s!!

KingBruin77

I agree Foligno has been disappointing, but I thought game 6 was a very good game for him. He was effective, needs to keep that up.

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