With top center Patrice Bergeron sidelined indefinitely by another concussion, the Boston Bruins were thrilled to get speedy center Chris Kelly back in the lineup.
He had been sidelined with a broken tibia since March 11. Kelly returned to center a line with Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille to balance Boston’s forward lines.
His return left Gregory Campbell at center with Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley playing center with Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron. The other scoring line, David Krejci centering wide bodies Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, remained intact.
That lineup clicked during a 6-2 victory over the reeling Carolina Hurricanes.
Coach Claude Julien had tried Seguin at center between Jagr and Marchand, but that line faltered during the 2-1 loss to Montreal.
“It wasn't working,” Seguin told the Boston Herald. “We were out there for the first goal and it just wasn't good work in our own zone. We were kind of running around a bit. I can't say I was shocked that it got changed.”
Injuries prompted the failed experiment.
“(Seguin) couldn't have gone against a worse team, who is really good down low in the Montreal team,” Julien told the Herald. “The change was made for the right reasons and it wasn't pointing the finger at him as much as we needed some experienced guys in the middle.”