Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t hesitate to tweak his power-play alignments in order to squeeze as much production as he could from his man-advantage in last night’s 4-2 win over Montreal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the archrivals at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.
The night started with Matt Hunwick at one point on the top unit opposite Dennis Wideman. By the second power play, Patrice Bergeron had dropped back to the point next to Wideman. And in the third period, it was Zdeno Chara in that spot and Phil Kessel up front in Michael Ryder’s place. Kessel wound up getting the secondary assist on Chara’s game-winning power-play goal late in the third period.
“We just twisted things around a little bit,” said Julien after the game. “You know, sometimes you try and find a little bit of a spark. I thought our power play earlier on probably wasn’t as good as we know it can be, so we just kind of fine-tuned things and it worked out in our favor.”