Julien balances PP units with Ward-Wideman swap

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Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien made a slight tweak to his power play units yesterday during his team’s 5-1 win over Carolina at TD Banknorth Garden.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman, who’d been filling Patrice Bergeron’s spot on one point on the top unit, was shifted back to the second unit, where he’d had tons of success prior to Bergeron’s injury. Aaron Ward, who had seem scarce power-play minutes before yesterday, played the right point on the No. 1 unit opposite Zdeno Chara.

The Bruins were a solid 1-for-5 with the man-advantage against the Hurricanes.

“We really felt that Dennis Wideman was a real key to that other power play with (center David) Krejci. And obviously with Andrew Ference, at the beginning of the year, those two were great. That other power play was, as you recall, was the one that was producing most,” Juien explained. “And we just felt that we had two solid guys on that back end with Zdeno and Wideman and basically you want that one guy to be the guy and then use the other guy on the other power play. And it kind of balances things out.”

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