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Boston Update: Lundqvist and same lineup facing Bs
What you need to know:
1. Henrik Lundqvist will indeed make his 11th start in goal tonight here at TD Garden, and Brian Boyle will sit for the third consecutive game. “I like the way our guys played the last game,” coach John Tortorella said. “I just don’t know when I’ll change the lineup, it depends on what goes on with the playesr in each game.”
2. Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi will start as a d-pair. Tortorella had inserted Staal with former partner Girardi during the 5-1 win over Tampa. “In the first 10 minutes of the game, we gave up two 2 on 1s, a breakaway, and three 3 on 2s, and that’s not all on the defense, but I just don’t think we were playing well off the rushes, we wanted to change just to get a different look. We just didn’t think that pair, Mac and Danny, were working that well together.”
3. Marian Gaborik, who said yesterday he is more comfortable at right wing, will remain there, and not on the left side. “If that’s what he feels, I believe him; he’s played there quite a bit," Torts said." . Historically, Gabby has scored a lot of goals coming down the left side also, right now that’s where our lines are at. I think he handled himself very well when I had him on left wing. But going into tonight’s game, with the kids who have been brought in and how the lines have settled here, we’ll start that way.”
4. Here’s Torts on the penalty-kill: “It’s been better, we’re really concentrating on getting more aggressive up the ice…A key thing is once you’re aggressive in the zone, everybody needs to be aggressive at the same time, and we’re better at that. We’re not as disjointed. And I think we’ve done a better job on faceoffs. I think it’s just playing and executing. We have tried to settle in on the two pairs upfront.”
5. D-men Steve Eminger and Stu Bickel are the other healthy scratches.
6. After two games against the Rangers already, Bruins coach Claude Julien says “I think we know each other pretty well by now…They’re definitely going to be a better, harder team to play against…This is a team that when you play them, both teams like to play along the walls, like the gritty game. It’s about competing hard.”