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The Bruins' Top Line Needs To Figure It Out

Boston Bruins  v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Three

“We can be better. That’s what the playoffs is all about. It’s about bringing your best and we’ve got to do that.” – Patrice Bergeron after Boston’s Game 3 loss

It was a dreary Game 3 for the B’s ‘Perfection Line’.. arguably one of the best lines in hockey failed to generate anything good worth talking about Monday night in Toronto. Outside of an assist in Game 2, David Pastrnak has not shown up. Patrice Bergeron (2 PPGs in series) and Brad Marchand (1G, 2a in 3 games) could not get things done at 5 on 5 or special teams. This is not what we’re used to seeing from Boston’s Big Three. It’s time to figure it out.

Toronto’s John Tavares, Zach Hyman, Mitch Marner, Jake Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev have gotten the better of the B’s top unit. Muzzin especially has given Pastrnak fits, Hyman has been on top of Marchand and Tavares has out-dueled Bergeron. We even saw Mitch Marner (who’s gonna get paaaid this summer) block two of David Pastrnak’s shots at the end of regulation to preserve the game. It’s been a frustrating three games for Boston’s {usually} potent offense.


Bergeron’s failed chip to Marchand in the 2nd led to Auston Matthew’s first goal/point of the series. PP1 looked abysmal at best last night, off, disconnected, uninspiring.

This was Game 3 in a nutshell:

Midway through the 3rd I suggested Bruce Cassidy juggle his lines, dropping Pastrnak to Krejci’s line and moving up Heinen to the top. Perhaps if Game 4 doesn’t go their way, we see these changes. You almost have to balance out the lineup and get Pastrnak away from Muzzin, away from that 5-some.

The B’s top line is at it’s best when they’re controlling the puck, a frustrating night like last night should be enough to get them fired up for tomorrow. It’s time for the Perfection Line to simplify their game, find their forecheck (get pucks in deep s/o El Pres) and start finishing their chances. If not, this series will be over quick. They’ve got to be better. We know they can be better. It’s time to be better.


It’s time for them to break through.