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Claude Julien tweaks overtime approach to avoid shootout

The Bruins showed they don’t like the shootout Thursday night by saying they don’t like the shootout. Claude Julien [1] did it Saturday by loading up on forwards during overtime.

In an attempt to get some scoring during the five-minute 4-on-4 session, Julien played Patrice Bergeron’s line with Zdeno Chara [2] and then David Krejci [3]‘s line with Johnny Boychuk [4], so three forwards and one defenseman rather than two and two.

“We’€™ve practiced that this year when we’€™ve done our 4-on-4,” Julien said following the win. “For me, we haven’€™t been very lucky in shootouts — or we haven’€™t gotten much out of our shootouts — so I just thought it was important to maybe get a line out there, give us maybe some more offense because of the fact they’€™re used to playing with each other and not about taking that chance, but taking that strategy and having one defenseman there and making sure a forward always came back. Tonight it paid off.”

Julien’s move paid off, as the B’s got a goal from Krejci’s line when Jarome Iginla split two Hurricanes defenders to set up Krejci’s game-winning goal in Boston’s 3-2 win over Carolina.