Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Chara on the move, Bergenheim uncertain

Categories: BOS vs. TAM, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Boston captain Zdeno Chara hasn't been able to do as much damage as hoped with his shot from the point on the power play, so he could be moved to the slot in an attempt to wreak havoc. (Eliot J. Schecter/Associated Press) Boston captain Zdeno Chara hasn't been able to do as much damage as hoped with his shot from the point on the power play, so he could be moved to the slot in an attempt to wreak havoc. (Eliot J. Schecter/Associated Press)

The Boston Bruins have two cracks at eliminating the Lightning to set up a Stanley Cup final faceoff against Vancouver. But they are intending on finishing Tampa Bay's season on Wednesday night and not allowing the Lightning to make a final flight to Boston for Game 7.

"Any day that you come to the rink and you've got a game, especially at this time of year, you've got to be excited," coach Claude Julien said. "I'm sure a lot of people, a lot of players, a lot of coaches would like to be in that position. We take it for what it's worth. It's a great day. An even better day with the opportunity that's in front of us. Our goal is to seize that moment. That's basically how we've approached today."

Because of how late the Vancouver-San Jose game concluded, there were few players who saw the outcome.

"It was a little late, but I got to see the highlights today," Daniel Paille said. "It'll be nice to get that feeling."

The Bruins have failed to close out teams before. In the first round, they held a 3-2 series lead over Montreal. In Game 6 at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens scored two 5-on-3 goals to deny Boston. Last year, the Bruins had four opportunites to end Philadelphia's season in the second round. The Flyers won four straight to hand the Bruins one of their most humiliating postseason exits in club history.

"We were up 3-0 against Philly. Look at what happened there," Paille said. "Until it happens, I won't be excited."

Chara likely up front on power play

In the third period of Game 5, after the Bruins were scoreless on three previous power plays, the coaching staff sent out Zdeno Chara for net-front duty.

Chara is usually one of the point triggermen because of his triple-digit cannon. But the Bruins have used Chara as a down-low option in six-on-five empty-net situations. Chara also played down low when he was in Ottawa.

The Bruins didn't score on the power play in Game 5 with Chara in front. But they had several sniffs at the net and controlled the puck, which has been rare for their power play to accomplish. It's a good bet that Chara goes down low again tonight - he was with David Krejci and Nathan Horton, while Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference were at the point - when the Bruins go on the power play.

"I didn't mind what he did," Julien said of Chara's PP work in Game 5. "We need to see how this game unfolds. But it's certainly a possibility."

Lightning look to Roloson

A major reason why the Lightning have tabbed Dwayne Roloson for tonight's game is the 41-year-old's track record in elimination games: 6-0. During the first round, Roloson backstopped Tampa to three straight wins over Pittsburgh.

One of Roloson's shortcomings, compared to Mike Smith, is his puckhandling. Smith is considered one of the best. Roloson is not as comfortable playing the puck.

"We know that Smith is a great puckhandler," Julien said. "He likes to come out of his net and he likes to play the puck. If we didn't get good line changes, he could make us pay for it. That's an adjustment you make. We were prepared for either/or last game. It really didn't matter. That was their decision to make.

"But we certainly didn't put a lot of our attention toward that. Tonight, knowing that it's Roloson, I don't think it changes much in our approach to the game. We do know there are certain things we can or cannot do. They each have their strengths and their weaknesses. It's up to us to exploit those weaknesses."

Game-time decision for Bergenheim

Sean Bergenheim will be a game-time decision. Bergenheim played only 4:19 in the first period of Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury.

If Bergenheim can't play, either Dana Tyrell or Randy Jones would dress.

Expected Bruins lineup

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Expected Lightning lineup

Assuming Bergenheim is in:

Teddy Purcell-Vincent Lecavalier-Martin St. Louis
Simon Gagne-Steven Stamkos-Ryan Malone
Sean Bergenheim-Dominic Moore-Steve Downie
Blair Jones-Nate Thompson-Adam Hall

Eric Brewer-Mattias Ohlund
Victor Hedman-Brett Clark
Mike Lundin-Marc-Andre Bergeron

Dwayne Roloson
Mike Smith