BOSTON -- If the New York Rangers want to get a spark from their new fourth line of Kris Newbury, Micheal Haley and Derek Dorsett by them engaging in extracurricular activities, they’re going to have a hard time finding dance partners.
Several times early in the Rangers’ series-extending 4-3, Game 4 overtime win against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday, New York’s energy players tried to coax some of Boston’s tougher players to fight, to no avail.
Bruins coach Claude Julien expects that to continue, at least until Boston is in need of a spark.
“I think it was pretty clear. I said it even on TV there between those timeouts: The guys on my fourth line, to me, aren’t worth the trade off with their fourth line right now,” Julien said after the Bruins prepared for Game 5 with a practice Friday at TD Garden. “Those guys are pretty valuable players for us. So whichever way they see their players, I certainly don’t want to see one of mine necessarily in the penalty box with one of theirs, because it plays to their advantage.”
Boston’s fourth line of Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell was kept off the score sheet in Game 4 after they were on the ice for both goals (Paille scored one) in the Bruins’ Game 3 win that put the Bruins up 3-0 in the best-of-7 series.
They’re likely to play a large role in Game 5 Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN).
Newbury, Haley and Dorsett became a line with the Rangers in search of a change after falling behind in the series.