Who has the edge in snipers?
It’s no secret that the Bruins were scoring-challenged throughout most of the shortened season. But, surprisingly, they have the second-best offense in the NHL this postseason with 3.17 goals per game. David Krejci has five goals and a league-leading 17 points. Nathan Horton put five pucks in the net in the first two series. Tyler Seguin, who scored in each of the three games against Pittsburgh during the regular season, finally scored a goal in Game 4 against New York, and the Bruins are looking for him to break out if they are to keep up with the Penguins. Milan Lucic has just three goals but is playing and feeling better of late. The second line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Jaromir Jagr needs to put more points on the board. And defensemen Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk have chipped in with some timely offense.
The Penguins are beyond loaded when it comes to goal scorers, leading the NHL with 4.27 goals per game in the playoffs. Sidney Crosby, with seven playoff goals, has been solid since returning from a broken jaw late in the season. Bergeron has had success in the past slowing down Crosby and will be tasked with that duty in this series. Evgeni Malkin is right behind Krejci in points with 16, including four goals. James Neal had a hat trick in the clinching Game 5 vs. Ottawa. Pascal Dupuis has seven goals, Jarome Iginla has four, as does first-line forward Chris Kunitz, and defenseman Kris Letang has three goals to go along with 13 assists.