VANCOUVER — The Bruins are in an interesting predicament with their lineup right now.
On the one hand, they’ve scored just one goal over the last two games and need offense.
On the other hand, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was a physical contest with a lot of intimidation coming from both sides during Vancouver’s 1-0 win.
So one has to assume the Bruins’ coaching staff is at least considering some sort of lineup change that would involve getting Shawn Thornton, a healthy scratch since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, back into uniform. Picking someone to come out would be difficult, although rookie Tyler Seguin has been quiet since early in the Lightning series and logged just a little more than six minutes of ice time in Game 1 against the Canucks.
Today during his morning media briefing at his team’s hotel, Bruins head coach Claude Julien sounded as though he was content with going into tonight’s Game 2 with the same 12 forwards that dropped the first game of this series.
“Every game is about making decision here,” said Julien. “Shawn, for us right now, is a guy that has been in the dressing room between the first and the second [period], and the second and the third. He’s in the warm-up, he’s getting dressed with the players, he’s still doing his job and whenever he hasn’t been playing, he’s still been a big asset to our hockey club. … We know he’s won a Stanley Cup. And we do know that when he did win it he had to miss some games as well.
“We’re in a position here where we have to make decisions based on our needs and what has to happen. … A guy like Tyler, the way he played when [Patrice Bergeron] came back, we had to keep him in the lineup. As games go on, we make decisions. So what I’m saying today might be different tomorrow, and so on and so forth.”