Rich Peverley hopes his days as healthy scratch are over
|05.03.13 at 1:28 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — It came as a bit of a surprise when the Bruins took the ice for Tuesday’s practice with Rich Peverley sporting a green jersey, which denotes the extra forwards in the B’s lineup. That signified that he was in line to be a healthy scratch, which he indeed was in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
It’s been a trying year for Peverley, who scored had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 47 games during the regular season. The only game he missed was on March 21, when he was made a healthy scratch vs. the Senators.
After Peverley was sat Wednesday in favor of Kaspars Daugavins, the 30-year-old practiced Friday with the third line, suggesting that he will be back in the lineup for Game 2 as a linemate of Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Peverley isn’t counting on being back in the lineup, but if he does return he hopes to bring less of what he brought during the regular season and more of what he brought last postseason when he led the B’s with three goals and five points in their seven-game series against the Capitals.
“For myself, it hasn’t been what I expected the year would be,” he said Friday. “This was something I was looking forward to, was playing well towards the end of the regular season and playing well in the playoffs. I take a lot of pride in that, so hopefully something’s going to happen.”
As for the healthy scratch in Game 1, Peverley obviously wasn’t thrilled, but he was happy with how the team fared without him.
“Hey, the coach made the decision and we won the game, so he made a good decision, I guess,” Peverley said. “It’s up to him.”
Added Peverley: “We have a lot of depth on this team, and whatever it takes to win the game. From watching that game, that was one of the best games we played all year. We were talking, the guys up there, and that was fun to watch. Whatever it was, we did a great job, and let’s just focus on winning.”
Claude Julien didn’t confirm Peverley’s status for Game 2, saying he will make the final decision for Game 2’s lineup on Saturday. The coach has been harder on Peverley than other slumping forwards, but Peverley seems to understand the reasoning. The tripping penalty he took in the third period against the Capitals in the second to last game set up the game-tying goal in a game the B’s went on to lose in overtime, which couldn’t have helped his case.
Still, Peverley thought that he, like many of his teammates, made strides late in the season. He hopes to put that on display Saturday.
“I thought I was playing well the past couple of games,” he said. “There were some mistakes, I took a bad penalty in Washington , but I thought I was skating well and getting more confidence back. At the end of the day it wasn’t my decision, but we won the game.”
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