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Bruins need more from first line in Game 5

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 21, 2013 06:01 PM

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CHICAGO – The Bruins arrived in Chicago late Friday afternoon following their morning practice at TD Garden.

Tomorrow in Game 5, they would like to submit a better start. The Blackhawks have been the sharper team in three of the four games of the Stanley Cup Final. The only exception was Game 3, when the Bruins claimed a 2-0 win.

To that end, the Bruins would like some more production from their first line. Milan Lucic scored in Game 4. But Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton haven’t shown the offensive-zone presence they demonstrated earlier. They’ve taken most of their shifts against Chicago’s defensive pairing of Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

“They’re a line that’s very proud of what they’ve accomplished in these playoffs so far,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “They’d like to finish on a good note. So if we can get a little bit more out of those guys, I think it would be a bonus for us.”

On the other end, the Bruins will have to be better against Chicago’s new No. 1 line of Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane. The three were reunited in Game 4. They were apart for the first three games after helping to close out Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals. Toews and Kane scored their first goals of the series in Game 4.

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