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Briere healthy scratch for Canadiens in Game 5

Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 7:09 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / Bruins-Canadiens series blog

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Briere healthy scratch for Canadiens in Game 5

BOSTON -- Forward Daniel Briere is a healthy scratch for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

The Bruins made no changes to the lineup that won Game 4 in overtime 1-0.

Canadiens forward Brandon Prust returned to the lineup after sitting out the past two games as a healthy scratch; he was expected to play on the fourth line with Travis Moen and Dale Weise, which had some success late in the regular season before each player was injured.

Briere played fewer than 10 minutes in each of his past three games and five of the past six. He has one goal and three assists in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games. He had the primary assist on game-winning goals by Weise in Game 1 of the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning and in Game 3 against the Bruins.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien often leaves Briere on the bench late in games when the Canadiens are playing with a lead or tied, double-shifting one of his other three centers between Moen and Weise.

Briere was on the power play, but Prust plays on the penalty kill. Special teams have not been a factor of late in the series, with the teams combining to go 0-for-5 in the past two games.

Therrien decided to use defenseman Douglas Murray for a third straight game, the first time he has played on the road in these playoffs. Francis Bouillon was scratched for a third straight game.

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