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Down 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, the Boston Bruins are making lineup changes to shake things up.

Boston will revert back to a traditional lineup of six defensemen and 12 forwards in Game 6 on Sunday night in St. Louis, with rookie forward Karson Kuhlman drawing in for the first time since April 30. Defenseman Steven Kampfer will be bumped from the lineup in Game 6.

“It’s just a decision we made to be a little different,” coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has been out since Game 2 with a concussion, is still not cleared, according to Cassidy.

Kuhlman, a 23-year-old rookie out of Minnesota-Duluth, has played in six playoff games this spring, registering two assists. However, he has been a healthy scratch since Game 4 of the second-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cassidy said he likes Kuhlman’s motor.

Kuhlman will play on a line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, a spot where David Backes has typically played. Backes, a longtime former Blues player, is not expected to play in the pivotal game.

Kuhlman said he’s “just excited about” the chance to play in a Stanley Cup Final.

“I think [Cassidy] and I are on the same page,” Kuhlman said. “We know what I can do to help this team.”

Cassidy said the challenge for Kuhlman — as it has been with all Bruins forwards — “is getting inside” St. Louis’ big defensive corps.

With captain Zdeno Chara playing in Game 5 with a reported broken jaw, the Bruins opted to dress seven defensemen in a precautionary move. Cassidy said his staff was not sure how much Chara would be able to play, and how playing would affect his breathing.

Chara, however, played 16:42 minutes in the game, although he appeared uncomfortable at times. Nonetheless, the seven-defenseman rotation is not ideal as it doesn’t allow for blueliners to find a true rhythm in a game and can overwork forwards that need to double-shift.

The move to insert Kuhman is likely to help get Krejci going as the two have played together at other times this season. Krejci has been held without a point in five games this series.

Bruins rookie forward Karson Kuhlman says he's "excited" to get a chance to play in a Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins also need more from their talented top line. David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have yet to score a five-on-five goal in this series. Though the top line has been red-hot for stretches during these playoffs, the Bruins have relied heavily on their depth to get them this far. Twenty different Boston players have scored this postseason.

“Your best players need to be your best players, but if they defend well and we have a good defensive game, you know, we’re in it, I feel someone will step up,” Cassidy said Saturday. “Probably them, because they usually do. But same token, we don’t want to put so much pressure on them they get outside their overall game, their defensive game, because they’re a good line all around and we don’t want them to lose that.”

The Bruins are hoping to force a Game 7 on home ice. It would mark the first time the Stanley Cup Final went to seven games since 2011 — when the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks for their most recent championship.

“We’re obviously going to come out with the will and desire to compete, and they are, too,” defenseman Torey Krug said. “There’s pressure on both sides. If [they] don’t win tonight then they have to come into a Game 7 in our building and that’s pressure for them, I’m sure. For us, our season could end but we’re coming into it with the right mentality that we’re going to force a Game 7 and ultimately, it comes down to will and who wants it more.”

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Forward, expected to report to camp Saturday, says it's 'great motivation to get better'.

Forward David Pastrnak is ready to take on an even bigger role with the Boston Bruins following his contract situation getting settled.

Pastrnak, who was a restricted free agent, signed a six-year, $40 million contract (average annual value of $6.67 million) Thursday and is expected to report to camp Saturday.

“There will be some pressure, bigger than last year, but that’s a part of it,” said Pastrnak, 21, who spoke to reporters in Prague on Friday. “I’m curious myself to see how I’ll be able to deal with it.

“But in the end, it’s still hockey; the game I love so much. It’s beautiful to sign such contract, but it does not mean it’s over. Quite the opposite, it’s just the beginning. A great motivation to get better and better.

“My dream is to win the Stanley Cup and it did not change with the new contract.”

Pastrnak set NHL career highs in goals (34), assists (36) and points (70) in 75 games last season after he had 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) in 97 games his first two NHL seasons. He was second on the Bruins in goals and assists in the final year of his three-year, entry-level contract (Brad Marchand had 39 goals, 85 points).

“I would like to be a leader one day,” Pastrnak said. “Now I’m still young, I started in the NHL when I was 18. I came to the locker room where there were so many great leaders, great guys, and I would like to be like them one day. To become a leader for the young guys as they were for me.”

Pastrnak said he was not involved with negotiations and left it to his representatives. Even after missing the first day of Bruins camp Thursday, he was confident a deal would be struck.

“Obviously, I’m satisfied,” he said. “I can put it behind me and focus on the season. We’ve expected the way it went, we knew [the negotiations] were about to get longer. And of course we are glad that we came to an end.”

Pastrnak knows the value of his contract places him at the same level, at least financially, with some of the rising stars in the NHL who have signed similar contracts recently.

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl signed an eight year, $68-million contract that was seen as a comparable for negotiations with Pastrnak, which lasted through the summer. Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg signed a six-year, $36-million contract before last season.

Pastrnak has 123 points (59 goals, 64 assists) in 172 games. Draisaitl, 21, has 137 points (50 goals, 87 assists) in 191 games; Forsberg, 23, has 191 points (91 goals, 100 assists) in 264 games.

“For me, it’s more important to get to their level hockey-wise. That is my goal,” Pastrnak said. “I haven’t given it much thought about the money when comparing myself to these players. I’m sure my agents tried the best for me and I want to be able to compare myself with those guys as hockey players, on the ice. And to be one of the best.”