If there was a game or time for the Bruins second line to notch a goal it was Wednesday night in Toronto.
As the Bruins trailed 2-0 heading into the second period, the Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin line remained scoreless in the series. That changed quickly, however, as Bergeron scored 30 seconds into the middle stanza giving the second line and the B’s some new life.
The line that was so dominant in the regular season – carrying the Black and Gold at times – has a combined three points in four games. Even more concerning, Seguin is still pointless and is clearly snakebitten. But the positive to take out of these stats are that the Bruins are leading the series 3-1 and the line remains a plus-2 so they are not giving up goals either.
To see this second line struggle like it has is much unexpected. Although the goals are not accumulating, Seguin has a team-high 18 shots on net mixed in with a few posts, crossbars and point blank saves by James Reimer. Marchand is starting to pick up his play as he notched his second assist in his last three games, and with Bergeron’s game-changing goal Wednesday night, this may be the turning point for these three players.
It is remarkable the B’s have a 3-1 series lead and have a combined three points from these three players. It speaks volumes of the depth, versatility and the goaltending of Tuukka Rask.
The first-line’s success during this series has been well documented, and the third and fourth lines are also showing signs of life. If the second line gets going like it did at any point during the regular season, then this team could very well have another deep playoff run in them.
Head coach Claude Julien knows how important it is to get contributions from all four lines especially in the postseason.
“When we look back at where we had success, it was one of those situations where we got balanced scoring, but it didn’t always come at the same time,” Julien said. “One line was hot one series and the next line took over the next series and so on and so forth, so it is important.”
Julien went on to praise his first line as well as his third and fourth lines and knows that his dominant second line will come around soon.
The B’s will look to close out the Maple Leafs in Boston on Friday night. After Game 4, the Bruins second line could be put to good use by Julien and company.
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