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Bruins' Kobasew is likely for Bruins in Game 3

by Shawn P. Roarke /
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Boston Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew reported no ill effects from his 24-hour bout with an upset stomach that sidelined him for Tuesday's practice. Kobasew took part in Wednesday's morning skate at the RBC Center.

"It was a stomach thing," Kobasew said. "I feel fine, though."

That means that Kobasew, who has 2 goals and 3 points in 6 playoff outings, will most likely find himself playing on the wing beside center Patrice Bergeron and winger Mark Recchi once again in Wednesday night's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN, RIS). But the role of that line will likely be different than it was in the first two games in Boston, when the Kobasew line was used primarily to check whatever line Carolina's Eric Staal was centering.

Now, with Carolina benefitting from the last change of personnel after stoppages, Carolina coach Paul Maurice has the opportunity to move away from that matchup and Boston coach Claude Julien has shown little inclination to disrupt his team's flow to get a hard match.

"We played against (Carolina's top line) a bit, but at the same time, every one has played against them. That's been our philosophy all year. We have confidence in all our lines. It doesn't matter who's out there against any of their lines. We've rolled four lines all year -- whether it is on the road or at home. So, I don't think anything in our game changes."

Actually, Boston knows it will have to change some things in Game 3 if it wants to re-take control of this series.

The two things the team knows it must improve are production on the power play and working to get more traffic in front of Cam Ward, the Carolina goalie. Ward made 36 saves in a 3-0 shutout in Sunday's Game 2 that sent the series to North Carolina tied at one game apiece. Both Ward and the Bruins said he was allowed to see the puck too often.

"You always try to create some traffic in front," Julien said. "Now, how determined and how willing you are to do that and how willing and how determined the other team is to make it hard on you is what normally dictates what happened. I think we have to be better in that area."

Boston also has to be better on the power play, having gone 0-for-7 in the first two games.

"We just have to get some confidence, move the puck a little better and make some better choices," Julien said.
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