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The Bruins’ fourth line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton has a history of playoff success. They stamped an exclamation point on the 2010-11 season during the first period of Game 7 of the Cup Final against Vancouver. When the Canucks were rolling, the fourth line held their ground and took the fight to Vancouver.
In the 4-1 Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, it appeared to be a continuation of the Vancouver series. The fourth line did just about everything right. They won puck battles. They created turnovers. They initiated the forecheck. They blasted bodies. When Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr, Toronto’s fourth-line bruisers, tried to flex their muscle, the Bruins didn’t bite.