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Jim Montgomery makes a controversial move ahead of game 1 vs Panthers

Published May 6, 2024 at 12:04
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
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In a move that's sparking debate among fans and analysts, Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery appears to have made a significant lineup change for Game 1 against the Florida Panthers. During this morning's practice, it was observed that Patrick Brown was practicing in place of Jesper Boqvist on the fourth line. This adjustment is raising eyebrows, particularly because Boqvist played a key role in the Bruins' success during their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Patrick Brown, who hasn't been in the lineup since January 27, is set to take over despite Boqvist's strong performance. The decision is particularly puzzling given Boqvist's recent contributions and the chemistry he has developed with his line.

AM lines:

Marchand-Coyle-DeBrusk
Zacha-Geekie-Pastrnak
Van Riemsdyk-Frederic-Brazeau
Beecher-Brown-Maroon
Lauko-Boqvist


Lohrei-McAvoy
Lindholm-Wotherspoon
Forbort-Shattenkirk
Grzelcyk-Peeke

Swayman
Ullmark
DiPietro



While there is some speculation that Boqvist might be dealing with an injury, no confirmation has been provided. If Boqvist is healthy, Montgomery's choice to bench him could be seen as a controversial gamble, especially with the high stakes of the playoff atmosphere.

Wait, is Boqvist the odd man out after Brown? Is he banged up? Interesting #NHLBruins


Fans and players alike will be watching closely to see how this change affects the team's dynamics and performance in their upcoming game against the Panthers.
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