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05-13-2014, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by optimus2861 View Post
I genuinely don't think you can understate how important Beaulieu's presence was on that third pair last night. Instead of being a brutally exploitable matchup for the Bruins, as it was with Bouillon and especially Murray, the Bruins really couldn't make any headway against it. We had three reliable defensive pairings for the first time in the series last night and it paid off in spades. That long outlet pass by NB to MaxPac -- neither Bouillon nor Murray could have made that play. Period. Yes it took a lucky bounce to still end up on Max's stick, but we would never have been in position to get that bounce had either of the anchors been on the ice in NB's place.

You can still see that NB is raw in his positioning, but he's got great speed, good vision, good passing ability, and doesn't give up on any plays. That speed mattered last night as we really outskated the B's up & down the entire lineup last night. That's what we have to do to win game 7.

Please, MT, in the name of the Richards, don't screw this up for G7!
Agreed. Everyone talks about the intangibles that Murray's physical presence brings and how it can't be measured. But ignore things like how Murray is bad for momentum. With Beaulieu out there Boston had a hard time building any kind of momentum because they couldn't string two high quality shifts together and a big reason why is that the 3rd pairing wasn't bleeding chances/shots. His transition game also meant we could keep our momentum going.

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