It’s no secret Bruins head coach Claude Julien loves to roll out all four of his lines no matter what the situation is, and tonight the fourth line was a key factor in the Bruins season opening 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.
The Bruins “energy line” as they like to be called combined for a goal, an assist, and two key fights at an important time.
Daniel Pallie got things going for the Bruins grinders when he managed to tip in a shot from line-mate Gregory Campbell which give the Bruins a 2-0 lead at the time.
“There was a couple of guys changing on the other side, so I gave [the puck] to [Greg Campbell]” said Pallie. “[Campbell] just came in and stopped, and then just wanted to time it right when I went to the net. [Campbell] shot it right as I was going through. It worked out great and I got a great bounce.”
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Nearly four minutes after the Pallie goal, the Rangers tried to take momentum back from the Bruins with a goal of their own by Brad Richards, but thanks to two heavyweight fights, the fourth line made sure that the B’s didn’t give away any momentum for long.
First it was—Hockey Resurrection Party star— Shawn Thornton dropping the gloves with Rangers tough guy Mike Rupp in what was a highly entertaining bought.
Three seconds later Gregory Campbell made sure he got in on the fun when he decided to dance with Stu Bickel. The two fights certainly kept the crowd going after the Rangers goal, and helped push the Bruins to victory.
“They did a good job doing that for us. At the time, [the Rangers] had scored a goal and were trying to get back in it. They did a great job for us. It’s tough to do that, and they don’t show any every time they fight. It was huge for us” said Pallie.
The guys in the locker room know how important the fourth line is to their success. Bruins defenseman and birthday boy Johnny Boychuk—who scored the Bruins third goal—knows how big they were in the win tonight
“Yeah, it’s great. You know when they scored that one goal the two guys stepped up, you know Shawn (Shawn Thornton) and Soup (Gregory Campbell), got that momentum back and Piesy (Daniel Paille) getting that goal right before that,” he said. “We needed that from them and they did a great job tonight, and we expect that every night.
There’s no doubt about it that when the team needs a spark the Bruins “energy line” will be there to help their teammates out, but if the Bruins fourth line guys can find their names on the scoring sheet more often than not, things could work out really well for the entertaining trio and for the rest of the Bruins.