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Peverley hoping for chance to play Game 2

by Matt Kalman

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After he was a healthy scratch for one of 48 games in the regular season, Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley didn't expect to be sat out of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Maybe the only perk of his situation was that Peverley got to watch the Bruins' 4-1 win Wednesday from a prime viewing area.

"We have a lot of depth on this team. And whatever which way it takes to win the game, that was, from watching that game, that was one of the best games we played all year," Peverley said after practice Friday here at Ristuccia Arena. "We were talking, the guys up there. That was fun to watch. So whatever it was, we did a great job, and let's just focus on winning."

The Bruins' practice lines indicated Peverley might be back in for Game 2 on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS). Peverley skated with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr in the space filled by Kaspars Daugavins in Game 1. Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn't commit to Peverley's return one day before a game, but did say he has expectations Peverley will contribute to the team at some point. Peverley finished a disappointing regular season with six goals and 18 points in 47 games.

"I don't think we intended on sitting him out the whole time. I think we started off with a lineup that we thought was deserving of starting last game," Julien said. "So we have an opportunity here moving forward to decide what we want to do. If you're kind of asking if he's in or out, that's another thing that I'll decide [Saturday]."

Peverley and Kelly struggled during the regular season. Kelly finished with three goals and nine points in 34 games. In prior seasons, however, they've forged solid chemistry they hope to find in the playoffs if given the opportunity.

"We seemed to play well together in the past, so hopefully we can keep it going," Peverley said. "And maybe this is the time for us to prove that we can play well together."

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