Joakim Nordstrom Has Made Convincing Case To Stay In Bruins' Lineup

BOSTON — Setting the fourth line doesn’t seem like the type of decision Bruce Cassidy should lose any sleep over, but his personnel is making that easier in theory than practice.

The likes of David Backes, Karson Kuhlman, Chris Wagner and Joakim Nordstrom all saw time as healthy scratches during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, which was capped off with a 5-1 Game 7 win at TD Garden on Tuesday.

That very well could change by the time the puck drops for B’s-Jackets Game 1 on Thursday, but one thing is for sure: Nordstrom has earned his spot in the lineup.

He helped provide a jolt to the lineup and remained arguably the team’s best penalty killer (as had been the case much of the season).

At times the bottom six looked lifeless in the series against the Leafs, but even at its low points Nordstrom was outplaying linemates Wagner and Noel Acciari, hunting pucks well while being strong on the forecheck.

He’s cemented himself as an indispensable part of the bottom six and special teams, and in doing so has given his coach zero reason to consider healthy scratching him the rest of the way.

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