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After getting scratched, Sean Kuraly was latest to benefit from Bruins’ embrace of internal competition

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Bruce Cassidy kept things quick when discussing his latest shuffling of the Bruins’ lineup on Saturday afternoon. 

The return of Karson Kuhlman and the emergence of youngsters like Jeremy Lauzon and Anton Blidh have come at the perfect time for Cassidy — allowing Boston’s bench boss to tinker with his roster and scratch regulars that haven’t been playing up to the club’s standards. 

Sean Kuraly drew the short straw in that regard on Saturday. 

"Sean, again, little more competitive spirit, we've got to pull out of his game,” Cassidy said in Minnesota. “That's what we're looking for.”

While Kuraly might be on pace to surpass his previous career high for points in a season (21), the speedy forward has struggled this year in terms of consistently bringing the hard-nosed, physical game that was the hallmark of an effective fourth line for Boston over the last couple of seasons.

As such, it was Kuraly that had to watch Boston’s 6-1 win over Minnesota from high above the ice at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

It might have been a tough pill for Kuraly to swallow in the moment, but Boston’s growing depth chart has proven to be an effective tool for Cassidy — especially when it comes to lighting a fire under players that will be trusted when the stakes are much higher this spring.

It sure looks like Kuraly got the memo on Tuesday.