NHL Playoffs: Jim Montgomery Needs This Lineup for Game 6

Brian Fluharty - Getty Images - 2022

“We just weren’t good enough…simple as that.” Boston Bruins Head Coach Jim Montgomery was contrite and honest after a disappointing 3-2 Game 5 loss in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday night. The Bruins and their fans had flashbacks of the last postseason when the Florida Panthers took Game 5 in Boston in overtime. This series with Toronto has taken on the same script as last season’s first-round exit. Montgomery had made line changes before that fifth game in the Florida series, even with a three games to one lead. On Tuesday night, the second-year coach did it again with the same result.

Related Post: An update on Four Injured Boston Bruins

Montgomery told the media after the game that there were no regrets regarding benching John Beecher and Kevin Shattenkirk in favor of Justin Brazeau and Matt Grzelcyk. Beecher, a fourth-line rookie center, collected a goal, five blocks, seven hits, seven shots, and a faceoff percentage of 54.8 in four playoff games. But Montgomery decided to go with the big-bodied Brazeau, who was returning from shoulder surgery after scoring five goals in 19 games late in the season. The rather puzzling move did not pay off as Brazeau played just ten minutes Tuesday, and without Beecher, the Maple Leafs won 60.4 percent of the faceoffs on the night.

Join the Bruins Benders Podcast LIVE after every Playoff game!

Shattenkirk had been playing just about ten minutes per game but was used primarily on the top power-play unit for Boston. Tuesday night, Montgomery went with the veteran Grzelcyk, who has struggled with the physicality of the playoffs in the past. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound defenseman had a rough first period but did get better as the game went along. However, in overtime, Grzelcyk was beaten to the net on the outside by John Tavares, and a centering pass hit off the skate of Grzelcyk right to Matthew Knies, who potted the game-winner.

As the two teams head to Game 6 in Toronto, the lineup for Boston will be a hot topic. Will there be changes? Will Montgomery elect to go with the same lineup as Tuesday? Does goaltender Linus Ullmark get the start over Jeremy Swayman? Will there be line shuffling? There is a lot to consider for a coach who is feeling the heat after a blown 3-1 series lead last spring and another missed opportunity in Game 5 on Tuesday. The Bruins need to figure out their issues at home, where they are 2-5 in their last seven home playoff games. But Thursday night will be the ultimate road test. The Bruins do not want a Game 7 at home where anything can happen. The plan for Game 6 is to be the team that got you two big road wins in games 3 and 4. Go with that lineup. Insert Beecher and Shattenkirk again and grind out a series-clinching win.

Season 3. Episode 44. Yay Or Nay Bruins Benders Podcast

The Benders go through who they would want in free agency or trade for the Bruins. Jay Leach is back and so is Kathryn Tappen! Celtics win, now it’s the Bruins turn. Let’s get back into the first round of the NHL Draft. Plus much more! DraftKings Sportsbook – Boston’s hometown Sportsbook is LIVE right here in Massachusetts! Bet local on all your favorite sports from the comfort of your own home with DraftKings. To celebrate, ALL new customers will receive up to TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS in BONUS bets when you sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook using code ITR! You can now bet local on money lines, spreads, props, and more with one of America’s top-rated Sportsbooks – DraftKings Sportsbook!  Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app and sign up with code ITR to get up to TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS in BONUS bets to use now that mobile sports betting is live in Massachusetts. That’s code ITR only at DraftKings Sportsbook. If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, call 800 327-5050 or visit helplineMA.org to speak with a trained specialist, free and confidentially, twenty four seven. 21+. Physically present in MA. Eligibility restrictions apply. Subject to regulatory licensing requirements. Eligibility and deposit restrictions apply. Opt in required. Bonus issued as free bets. Terms at draftkings.com/MA.
  1. Season 3. Episode 44. Yay Or Nay
  2. Season 3. Episode 43. Goal Scorers and A-Holes
  3. Season 3. Episode 42. Long Off-season Week 2
  4. Season 3. Episode 41. Long Off-Season Week 1
  5. Season 3. Episode 40. There’s Always Next Year

One thought on “NHL Playoffs: Jim Montgomery Needs This Lineup for Game 6”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Barclay Goodrow & New York Rangers Divorce Purely A Business Transaction

When news broke on Tuesday that the New York Rangers were waiving Barclay Goodrow to help save money on the club’s tight salary cap, it seemed like a logical business decision. Rumors then circulated that the San Jose Sharks would claim the forward, and the “full circle” theories made everything look good for all parties […]

Read More

The Best Landing Spots for Chandler Stephenson

Chandler Stephenson becomes a free agent on July 1st when the new league year in the NHL begins. The 6’0, 209lb center from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will be looking to sign a contract that will set him and his family up for life. Stephenson turned 30 on April 22nd, and this could be his last chance at […]

Read More

Trade Rumors: Detroit Red Wings Among Many Teams Interested in Martin Necas

The Detroit Red Wings added Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane to their roster prior to the 2023-24 NHL season. These two moves were supposed to help the team make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. This did not happen, however, as the Washington Capitals won on the last day of […]

Read More