With the Bruins continuing their struggles in every which way from, stopping pucks, to putting them in the net, Bruins bench boss Claude Julien knew he had to shake things up a bit. Injuries to key forwards left Julien with limited options as which sets of trio’s he could send out there.
When the Bruins hit the Garden ice for an all-important battle with the New Jersey Devils on March 1, and a few new faces in the lineup the shakeup took place.
Julien decided to break up what was one of the league’s best lines when he took a struggling Tyler Seguin off the line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron and placed him alongside side Milan Lucic and another struggling forward in David Krejci.
Since the move was made five games ago, the Bruins “new” top line has been nothing shy of perfect. The trio has combined for 20 points since being put together. (Lucic- 1-5-6, Krejci- 5-2-7, Seguin- 4-3-7)
Lucic loves the chemistry his line has shown of late.
“It’s been great, it’s been a lot of fun.” Said Lucic “We’ve been able to find that chemistry right away, which is obviously a good thing. We had some opportunities, even in the first period, that unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize on. We’re having fun right now and we need to keep it going.”
Like Lucic, Krejci is loving the success, but know’s that they all need to keep it at an even-keel
“Yeah, it feels good. But, just don’t get too high, don’t get too low also. We just have to keep playing the same way as we have so far. We have to keep skating, and taking the most of our chances.”
It’s no secret since the lineup shakeup, the Bruins have played good —not great— hockey, and finally once again found the secondary scoring —the Bruins new favorite word —that had them playing light’s out hockey just months ago.
“Yeah, it was huge” said Lucic. “[We] talked about the [Gregory] Campbell goal being a big goal and, you know, we finally get a break with a turnover there right inside the blueline and Thorty didn’t hesitate and had a great shot on net that was tipped in by Campbell. So, I think the last couple games we’ve had some other guys step up and get some goals and I think that’s what’s helped us put these two wins together.”
Guys like Jordan Caron, Johnny Boychuk, Chris Kelly and others have stepped up by putting pucks in the net to help and carry the Bruins when other guys were struggling to do the very same.
“I think it goes a long way and I think that’s what you need to do well for the season and with the Stanley Cup you need four solid lines” said Seguin. “Obviously I think they call it secondary scoring, but I don’t really call it that I think it’s just guys stepping up at different times, it was nice to see”
If the Bruins top line can stay hot, the secondary scoring continues, and the Bruins get some bodies back, it could be another entertaining summer in the Hub of Hockey.