Better Balance Keys B’s
By Marisa Ingemi
Of the Bruins’ 121 goals this season, 43.8 percent have come from their top trio. The strength of the first line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak has been well-documented, but some secondary scoring is starting to emerge.
It’s not everywhere in the lineup, or even where the Bruins want it to be at yet. But, there’s some progress, which should be expected from a healthy group.
“I think we’re getting production from the whole group right now,” said Marchand. “It’s great when you look at our fourth line, they’ve been our best line for us the past few weeks. When you have that throughout the whole lineup, it makes us tough to play against.”
Boston’s most recent four-game stretch, their second winning streak of that length this season, has come with a boost from their “bottom” three lines.
Of the Bruins 15 goals over the past four games, nine have come from players not named Marchand, Bergeron, or Pastrnak.
“You need those players scoring to win games in this league,” said Jake DeBrusk. “These guys have done a great job here, we’ve been working for a while. Pucks haven’t been bouncing a lot of guy’s ways, now it’s just a matter of it’s their turn. It’s nice to see guys capitalizing on chances.”
Of the Bruins top 10 scorers, three are defensemen, including Charlie McAvoy, who has played just 17 games.
Only 11 players have double digit points, and just four have double digit goals.
They’re getting key goals from different places, with Sean Kuraly netting two game-winners over their most recent stretch, and Jake DeBrusk finding his scoring touch after missing some time with injury.
Others, like Ryan Donato and Danton Heinen, are still trying to find their offensive prowess. Heinen, who has seen his ice time decrease more and more, has just two shots on goal combined over the win streak.
Donato showed some of his flash with two goals in Carolina five games ago, but he hasn’t been able to bury one since.