CHICAGO (AP) — Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has been trying different lines since center Gregory Campbell broke his right leg in the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh.
He hit on one combination in a big way on Saturday night.
Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin played together in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals and were responsible for both of the goals in Boston's 2-1 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks that evened the series at a game apiece.
"I think Claude is just trying to find different chemistry with different guys, who's going on any given night," Kelly said. "Claude has a pretty good feel for his players. I think our line got thrown together, I don't know, end of the first, beginning of the second. I thought we went out there and played well."
The Bruins had a terrible first period, but Paille and Kelly teamed up to tie the game at 14:58 in the second. Paille was stopped by Corey Crawford, but Kelly was there to poke in the rebound.
Seguin passed to Paille for the winning score in overtime, giving the Bruins the momentum with the series shifting to Boston for Game 3 on Monday night.
"It's a hunch from a coach," Julien said. "I know that Dan is a great skater, can make a lot of things happen. Seguin after the first period was one of the guys that picked up his game. Kelly was one of the guys that was good right from the start. I put those three guys together and they answered."
TOEWS HONORED: Jonathan Toews prides himself on contributing on both ends, so capturing the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward was a nice pat on the back.
The Chicago Blackhawks captain was announced as the winner on Friday evening, beating out fellow centers Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.
"You never expect those things," Toews said after Saturday's morning skate. "There are so many great players around the league that could be recognized for that — not just around the league, but in this locker room, too. You're seeing the reason we've gone so far in the playoffs, because of so many different guys."
Toews was third in the league with a plus-28 rating in 47 games in the regular season, helping Chicago post the most points in the NHL. He was second on the Blackhawks with 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists), shared the league lead with 56 takeaways and ranked second in the NHL with a 59.9 faceoff percentage.
Toews also was a finalist for the Selke after the 2010-11 season.
"I thought Jonny had a real solid year when I look offensively what his production was like, but defensively — we always keep scoring chances for and against — he had one of those years that the numbers jumped off the charts," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Playing against top lines and top D shift in, shift out, that says a lot. I think his awareness on both sides of the puck makes him the type of player that he is."
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