The Bruins could not have started the month of November off in a better way. The B’s have won all three games in the month, and have outscored their opponents 18-5. It’ looks like the Bruins may be back to playing the way they did last season, that ultimately led them to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 39 years.
It’s no coincidence that the Bruins overall success has come at the same time the Bruins top two lines have started to click. The B’s top six forwards have combined for 13 of those previously mentioned 18 goals.
The Bruins top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton have been the victims of the most criticism in the early stages of the Bruins title defense, but the trio has bounced back nicely in the past three games, and have seemed to finally found the chemistry they had a season ago.
Lucic sees the positive change, and certainly expects it to continue.
” Yeah, obviously the start wasn’t the start that we’d hoped for and we got broken up there for a bit and here we are back together” said Lucic. “Once we got put back together we talked about it, the three of us- amongst the three of us about wanting to be better and getting back to the form of play that we know we can be at, and these last couple games we- I feel like we’ve been able to step up our game and a lot has to do with us getting back and creating a lot of turnovers in the defensive zone and moving our feet and being strong on the rush.”
Bruins bench boss Claude Julien has been pleased with the way his top line has bounced back from a slow start.
“They’re finding each other again” said Julien. “They’re making strong plays in the offensive zone, and they’re getting results. In the first period, unfortunate bounces, turnovers, and they were on the ice for both goals against, but I think overall you’re starting to see the three of them finding their game individually and collectively.”
Equally as good and just as exciting has been the Patrice Bergeron line. Centering young forwards Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand has worked out very well for the veteran Bergeron who extended his point streak to seven straight games with an assist against the Islanders last night.
Tyler Seguin has started to blossom into the player everyone hoped he would be and has shown great chemistry with Bergeron and Marchand, but the 19 year-old Seguin says there could still be more chemistry to develop.
“I think we’re, if we’re not on the same page we’re getting pretty close” said Seguin. “Marchy [Brad Marchand] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] have great chemistry right from last year. And I’m just trying to find my way in there, trying to figure out their style of game. It’s one thing watching on film, on the bench or from up in the stands, but it’s another thing being out there. So still trying to find my groove at that.”
Like Seguin, Claude is happy with the way his second line is clicking.
” Just a little bit of chemistry. When you’ve been playing together for a while, it gets better and better, and sometimes it slips, and when it slips, you’ve seen us make some changes” said Julien. “So right now, I think there’s a good balance on that line – there’s skill, there’s speed, there’s great two-way players and a line that takes pride in that. All three of them are hard-working guys, so it’s almost a no-miss kind of combination because of what all three of them bring.”
The Bruins can only go as far as their top two lines take them, and right row those lines are taking them out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. Where will they land from there, only time can tell?