Boston Bruins In Great Shape If Top Line Keeps Producing

By Jonathan Katje

The Boston Bruins rolled to a 4-1 win in their opening game of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, and have a great chance to make a deep run if they can play with the same intensity the rest of the series. The Bruins got a huge contribution from their top line as they rolled past the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, and a continued scoring contribution from Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton and David Krejci would give them a definite edge in the rest of the series.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs will meet again Saturday night, and while there will be some roster changes there is no reason to touch the top line. Krejci had a goal and two assists on Wednesday, Lucic had a pair of helpers and Horton netted the game-winning goal. The trio showcased some great chemistry and should continue to be a big factor in the series. With the top line clicking, the Bruins still have a just-as-dangerous second line that features Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer will have his work cut out for him the rest of the series, while Tuukka Rask will try and stay sharp at the opposite end of the ice.

After being a game one scratch, Rich Peverley could hop onto the third line for Saturday’s game, where Jaromir Jagr and Chris Kelly provide additional scoring threats and a ton of experience. Krejci had 10 goals and 33 points in the regular season, trailing only Marchand for the team scoring lead. Having a healthy Horton back in the lineup seems to have jump-started the top line, and the Bruins are in great shape because of it.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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