That’s fine if that’s the rationale. But if he is truly trying to rest some of the better players when they go up big, then it’s odd to me that Nicklas Backstrom played almost 22 minutes yesterday while Kuznetsov only played 15. It seems more likely that Laviolette just didn’t trust Kuznetsov protecting a lead again, which is disappointing. As @Langway mentioned, the 4th line has played well this year but I worry that Laviolette is leaning a bit too heavily on them. They shouldn’t have more 5v5 minutes than Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, and Oshie.