BOSTON -- Facing a do-or-die Game 7 on Friday night, the Bruins find some solace in the fact that their top line showed up in a big way in Game 6, scoring all the Boston goals in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay.
Milan Lucic scored the first goal for Boston on Wednesday night, erasing another first-minute goal by the Lightning. Then David Krejci recorded a hat trick, the first Bruin to score three goals in a playoff game since Cam Neely did it in 1991.
Those are positive signs for a No. 1 line that has been an enigma throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs; especially for Lucic, who had just 2 goals in 16 playoff contests before Wednesday night.
"It's probably our best game as a line and we need to build off it," Lucic said. "We have to play the same way, but it wasn't enough (Wednesday night), so hopefully we can bring even more. Obviously, that is a positive we can take. You are never happy out there with what you did in a loss, but there are some things we can build off."