Perhaps it’s good that games one and two of the Stanley Cup Final have an extra day separating them. After that first game went three overtimes deep, the Boston Bruins could certainly use some rest. They got it and they also got over the loss, according to coach Claude Julien today. Sure, they were disappointed, but then they turned the page.
There was also a surprise at today’s practice: Nathan Horton, taking the ice, skating with everyone else. He left the game on Wednesday in obvious pain, but has since been listed as day-to-day. When coach was asked how Tyler Seguin could pitch in with Horton out, he flatly refused to answer, saying that it would be presumptuous to think #18 isn’t playing tomorrow. There is some potentially worrying speculation about what could be up with Horton, though of course the team won’t say anything specific right now. But as linemate Milan Lucic said, “he’s going to do everything in his power to play.”
That being said, there were a few different lines tested out today. Two different versions of the top line were tested, one with Horton and one with Seguin, thus leading to that question mentioned above. There was some sort of odd third line coordination that involved rotations including Daniel Paille, Jordan Caron, Rich Peverley and Carl Soderberg. Kaspars Daugavins found himself with Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton. Literally the only line unchanged was the second line, though one could argue that perhaps if Seguin returned there, he might finally, finally find the spark we have all been seeking from him for months now.
Special note: Tune in to tomorrow night’s game an hour early because at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, they will present the second part of the weird lockout-affected NHL Awards.