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June 21. 2013 9:34PM

Bruins tinker with fourth line

Bruins coach Claude Julien tinkered with his fourth line in practice on Friday, inserting Carl Soderberg in place of Kaspars Daugavins.

Soderberg last played in the B’s regular-season finale on April 28, against the Ottawa Senators. Friday, he wore the merlot-colored jersey and skated with Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton.

“Just trying something else here. Again, I’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Julien said. “Just get a different look on what they would look like.”

The Bruins meet the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at 8.

When Gregory Campbell broke his leg in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh, Daugavins initially took his place in the lineup but the results have been mediocre. In six games this postseason, he’s taken two shots on net and has a minus-2 rating.

Soderberg joined the Bruins late in the regular season. He played in six games, tallied two assists and finished with a minus-2. Friday, he described himself as a big guy who protects the puck and said he’s enjoyed his time in Boston and feels that he’s ready to help the team.

“I worked on that line today but I haven’t talked to coach yet so I don’t know what’s happening tomorrow,” Soderberg said. “I’ve been here for 11 weeks now. I’m getting to know the system a lot. I haven’t played games in a while but if I’m playing tomorrow I think it’ll go well. I know everything.”

Hossa ‘fine’

Marian Hossa was not on the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice Friday, but the veteran winger “is fine” and will play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins tonight, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Hossa returned to the Hawks’ lineup for Game 4 after missing the third game of the best-of-seven series with what Quenneville said was an upper-body injury. After the Hawks’ 6-5 overtime victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night, Hossa said he was limited due to the injury.

“Hossa is fine,” Quenneville said Friday at the United Center. “We expect him to be the same. One thing about Hoss, production offensively or responsibility defensively, complementing our team game in all facets of our game is what we look for. The consistency of what he brings day in and day out is what makes him a special player and a valuable addition to our team. All areas we’re going to be leaning on him. No matter where we put him, you know he’s going to get the job done. I would expect him to be feeling a lot more comfortable going into (Game 5).

“I liked his contribution last game,” Quenneville added. “We’re very happy to use him, whatever number you want to say percentage that he’s ready at. Everybody has different limitations but everybody gives it their all.”


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