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Fourth Line Should Remain Intact

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- It looks like the Bruins fourth line will remain intact on Saturday night.

Forward Brad Marchand, felled by an Alex Ovechkin slapshot on Thursday, should remain in the lineup.

"He seems good," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "I talked to him again [this morning] and he said he felt good, and obviously we’ll make that final decision after warm up if there is an issue.

"If not, he’ll be in the line up."

Julien then took an opportunity to praise Marchand, as well as linemates Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell.

"I think we’ve talked so much about him because he’s had such a good start, but he adds a lot to that line because he can be probably even a little more dangerous than he’s shown so far," said Julien. "He shoots the puck so well in practice, you hope...that he can carry that into games a little bit more, but the rest of his game, he checks. He’s in people’s faces. He can get under people’s skin and that’s always been his game, and for him to do that and stay within the rules and not cross the line, I think that it’s important for us.

"He and that line have done a great job too...of starting games and getting pucks in deep and setting the tone, whether it’s been the beginning of the game or even sometimes to close off a game. I like the fact that they are proud of what they bring to this hockey club and their game is not about fancy. It’s about out-working whoever is out there and doing the simple things like getting pucks in deep and being strong on the puck and not giving it away

"And first thing you know, they spent their whole shift in the offensive zone, so...what it does, is it just gives your whole team momentum. The next line goes out there and can follow up on that, so he and his line have been very good for us and it’s given us a real good boost."
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