The forward line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton has been carrying the Bruins offensive load throughout the playoffs, and tormenting the beleaguered Leafs defensemen crew in the process.
Granted David Krejci earned his sixth assist of the season postseason when he fired off the pass that Zdeno Chara cashed in on from the slot in the third period, but otherwise the top trio of Krejci, Lucic and Horton went pretty silent on Friday night. They had plenty of Black and Gold company in the underachievement category in the 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs in Game 5, but none more so than Brad Marchand.
The Nose Face Killah didn’t get a single shot on net in 16:06 of ice time, and both Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron were kept off the board as well. In fact both Marchand and Seguin don’t have a single goal scored in the five playoff games, and their coach has seen enough.
The 21-year-old now has 21 shots on goal in the last three home playoff games for the Bruins, so Seguin better be ready to bust out after hitting a pair of pipes in the last few weeks.”
Does the entire line need to step up more than a week into the playoffs?
“We do. I’ll leave it at that, we do. They know we do. That has to come for us to be successful starting next game,” said Claude Julien. “It’s something that’s called accountability and we have to have more of that from that line as far as being a difference maker or at least something positive.
“They’ve got to give us – I thought the [Chris] Kelly line tonight was really good. [David] Krejci’s line has carried us, obviously the [Gregory] Campbell line has done their job. If we could get those guys going, it would really help our team a lot.”
At least Seguin had plenty of chances in Friday night’s loss, and was seemingly back to normal generating offense for himself and his teammates while hitting a post in the third period.
Marchand had zero offensive presence, no shots on goal and no bearing on the emotion carried through such a fierce Eastern Conference rivalry. The Bruins left winger will clearly need to score a few wrist shots, and find some Maple Leafs player to apologize for his sleeping arm.