The Bruins' top two lines had done their share of damage in the playoffs, and the fourth line was big in the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the Rangers. The third line was due.
The third line of Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille created both of the Bruins' goals in their 2-1 overtime win vs. the Blackhawks on Saturday, and they proved to be the biggest difference for the Bruins.
"They produced for him," Bob Beers said of the third line. "Paille makes the first one happen by attacking the net after a nice move, Seguin forces the puck down low, you got (Andrew) Ference pinching down the boards, then Kelly comes in after covering up for Ference, he comes in, gets the rebound chips it home; that's a big-time goal."
The Bruins' third line had to be effective with a banged up Nathan Horton and their fourth line lacking in depth with the season-ending injury to Gregory Campbell in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Beers, Michael Felger and Kevin Paul DuPont discuss the effectiveness of their third line and the Bruins' physicality in the video.
Can we expect the third (and fourth) lines to be effective going forward? Or was this a flash in the pan game? Let us know what you think!