Claude Julien arched more than a few eyebrows with the jumbling of his forward lines in the wake of Patrice Bergeron’s absence.

In the interest of generating more offense, the Bruins coach placed fourth-line center Gregory Campbell between Boston’s top two goal-scorers, Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand, and dropped struggling center Rich Peverley between Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron. He also moved Tyler Seguin to a third-line spot alongside Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille.

He wasn’t doing it to punish some of his players, as many overzealous fans probably assumed after watching the Bruins scrap for two total goals in two games against the Devils and Canadiens. Julien was instead spreading the forwards out to stabilize things both offensively and defensively, and it worked -- offensively, at least -- in a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden Monday night.

“The scoring was spread out: who would’ve thought that Peverley, Caron and Thornton would’ve had two goals?" said Julien. "It was nice to see that line produce . . .

"We need that. For us, it was about carrying the momentum from line-to-line offensively and that happened tonight. There’s no doubt, we need to see that urgency to get ourselves better. Although defensively we weren’t very good, it was a step in the right direction of being a little bit better offensively. We’ve got to carry that into the next game, where it’s going to be even tougher against a Devils team that doesn’t give much.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the offensive revival of Peverley, who finished with a pair of points and scored the game’s first goal after taking it hard to the net in the first period. But Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg also combined for five points, as the Bruins defensemen pinched in order to keep sustained pressure.