Neither development was a good sign for the Bruins.
Soderberg, 27, initially got the nod because of Kaspars Daugavins’s diminishing role alongside Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton. But when Patrice Bergeron exited the game — and the United Center by ambulance — Claude Julien tabbed Soderberg to assume the No. 2 pivot’s shifts between Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr.
“He showed me enough to be able to move into Bergy’s spot,” said the Bruins coach. “I thought he played well. Although there wasn’t the chemistry that you see with that line usually because it’s his first time, I’m certainly not disappointed in the way he played tonight.”
That Soderberg relieved Daugavins underscored the fourth line’s transformation. When Gregory Campbell centered Daniel Paille and Thornton, it was a snarling, bump-first unit that created scoring chances off its heavy play.
But that dynamic disappeared after Campbell suffered his broken right leg in Game 3 against Pittsburgh. For the last two games, Peverley had centered Daugavins and Thornton. Peverley had his best performance in Game 4, but the line did not play with pace or heaviness.
Chicago’s fourth line, in comparison, plays an up-tempo, skilled game. In Games 4 and 5, DaveBolland skated between Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik. Bolland has some grit, but Kruger and Bolland are more skilled wingers than grinders.
Soderberg had two shots and three hits in 14 minutes 16 seconds of ice time. Depending on Bergeron’s status, Soderberg could remain between Marchand and Jagr in Game 6.
“It’s just hockey,” Soderberg said. “I know that game. So I felt comfortable.”
Soderberg scored zero goals and two assists in six regular-season games. Soderberg played both left wing and center on the third line.
“Although he had very limited experience in this league, he’s still a pretty skilled player and had a good year,” Julien said. “I thought if we were going to give him a shot, tonight was probably a good time for it.”
Krejci goes 2 for 13
David Krejci lost 11 of 13 faceoffs, and went 1 for 6 against Jonathan Toews. As a result, Krejci and linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton didn’t start enough shifts with the puck.
The Blackhawks have rebounded on the draw. In Game 3’s 2-0 win, the Bruins swiped 71 percent of the faceoffs. The Bruins only won 51 percent of their Game 4 faceoffs. In Game 5, the Blackhawks went 33 for 57 (58 percent).
“An awareness of what they’re doing,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said of his team’s improved faceoffs. “Bergeron didn’t play a lot of the game. That was probably the big factor in that regard.”
Campbell makes trip
Campbell joined the team on the road trip. Campbell was unable to travel to Chicago for Games 1 and 2 because he had undergone surgery on his leg. While his teammates participated in the morning skate on Saturday, Campbell went through an off-ice workout. Campbell remains on crutches . . . Daugavins, Jordan Caron, Jay Pandolfo, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton,Wade Redden, and Aaron Johnson were the healthy scratches. One of the three forwards will have to dress for Game 6 if Bergeron is unavailable . . . The Bruins rolled out Chara, Krejci, Lucic, Horton, Jagr, and Torey Krug for six-on-five play. Had the Bruins gained control of the puck, Chara would have been stationed in front of the net, but Bolland scored an empty-net goal . . . Tyler Seguin had his nose bloodied by Michal Rozsival at the end of the first period. Seguin and Rozsival clashed after Corey Crawford covered a Chara shot. Seguin had one shot in 13:23 of ice time . . . Lucic led all players with eight hits. Lucic blasted BryanBickell several times . . . The Bruins did not have any power plays. Chicago was 0 for 2 on the power play. Krug looked like he was tripped during six-on-five play, but there was no call . . . As the visiting coach, Julien didn’t have the last change in Game 5. Julien acknowledged the challenge of matching Quenneville’s in-game moves. “We’re both trying to get the edge on each other, which is what coaches should do in these playoffs,” Julien said. “Sometimes it’s tweaking lines. Sometimes it’s putting certain players against certain players. I’ll tell you what, by the end of the game, I’m exhausted because of having to keep up with him.” . . . The Bruins lost Game 5 to Vancouver during the 2011 Final. The Bruins rebounded to win Games 6 and 7 . . . The Bruins remained in Chicago after Game 5. They will travel to Boston on Sunday morning ahead of Monday’s Game 6.