Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton are leading the offensive charge for the Bruins through three games of this series against Toronto. The third line busted through in Game 3 for the Bruins’ second goal. The fourth line has been consistent in all three games.
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin have yet to replicate their teammates’ offensive touch. Toronto’s top pairing of Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson has kept Bergeron’s line off the scoresheet.
“They’ve had some chances,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “But they haven’t capitalized. No doubt they can be a little bit better. We’re counting on that.”
Bergeron’s line has been thorough on defense, taking shifts against Toronto’s top two lines. But with the Leafs expected to make their biggest push so far tonight, the Bruins will need Bergeron’s line to cash in on their opportunities.
* Tuukka Rask was not named one of the Vezina Trophy finalists as the league’s best goalie. The general managers voted for Sergei Bobrovsky, Antti Niemi, and Henrik Lundqvist.
“Sometimes you control what you can,” Julien said. “What he can control right now is how well he plays and how well he’s going to continue to play through these playoffs. That’s more valuable than the little individual trophy that is voted by different people. At the end of the day, everybody’s told you the same thing: You aim for the big trophy, which is more important than the individual one.”
* The Bruins didn’t make any lineup changes during their morning skate. Toronto held an optional skate.