David Perron LW PIT Jan 31 '78
David Perron scored the series game winner after coach Ken Hitchcock switched lines in the third period.
Perron was switched with David Backes and lined up with Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie while Backes was with Alexander Steen and Andy McDonald. The switch came from assistant coach Scott Mellanby. "Thank God, he suggested it on the bench to me," Hitchcock said. "He said, 'I think it's time to flip the centers again ... we need a different energy going.' And it worked. That's the second time it worked in this series. Flipping the centers gave them new focus, new energy. We practice that way and the guys were ready for it." The Blue are off to the second round of the playoffs which should start late next week.