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June 19, 2013

Penalty-killer Paille steps up offense for Bruins

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But so far, in this year’s playoffs, he has four goals, including three game-winners, and four assists in 19 games.

“I think I’m just happy that we got the win,” Paille said after Game 3. “Fortunately, it was the game winner and I’ll be excited about it. (I’m) more excited that we won.”

He probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance if Campbell hadn’t been injured. After all, Julien is very slow to change the makeup of lines.

“I guess we found out the problem,” Campbell said with a smile. “Me and (Thornton) have been holding him back the last two years.”

Kelly and Paille also drew penalties that led to Patrice Bergeron’s goal with 5:55 left in the second, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

“The three of us are working hard and having fun, which is nice,” Kelly said. “It’s always fun, but some days are more fun than others.”

In the first three rounds, the top two lines were outstanding. First-line center David Krejci leads the NHL in playoff points. But as the playoffs progress — and opponents focus more on stopping the leading offensive players — it becomes more important for the other forwards to produce.

“As you’ve seen throughout the playoffs, it’s been repetitively the same guys scoring night in and night out,” Campbell said. “That’s extremely hard as you move on and face better teams, better defensemen. For the top two lines to keep scoring on that pace is extremely hard. My point is that it takes four lines.”

Paille and Seguin may be the Bruins’ two fastest skaters. That’s especially important against the Blackhawks, a speedier team than the Penguins.

Seguin assisted on Paille’s consecutive game-winning goals against Chicago.

“I think we are just putting pucks on net and reading plays,” Paille said after Monday’s win. “I think we are managing the puck a little bit better. Just on my goal, you saw (Kelly) go in, and I went in and then I shot. I think we are just not giving (the Blackhawks) enough time to think with the puck and we are able to get it.”

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