|Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron is congratulated by Andrew Ference (21) after Boston's 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars in an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
Wingers Brad Marchand
and Mark Recchi, centered by Patrice Bergeron
, recently Boston’s top producing line, accounted for three of the B's six goals on the night.
Bergeron led off the line’s scoring at 1:20 in the first period assisted by Recchi and Marchand. The three forwards produced an identical line on the score sheet just over eight minutes later, when Bergeron netted his second goal of the game, 19th of the season and Recchi and Marchand again were credited with the helpers.
“We’re starting to click and we have pretty good chemistry. Those guys are great to play with," said Marchand, who leads all rookies in plus/minus (plus-24) and shooting percentage (15.9). "Bergy, he’s going to be a future hall-of-famer, and Rex, same thing.
“They’re both unbelievable players, and it’s easy to play with them,” he said.
Marchand finished up Boston’s scoring with an empty goal at 17:40 in the third, this time he was assisted by Recchi and Bergeron.
“Marchand, with some of those nice passes he makes, he really sells the shot and all of a sudden the pass comes out and those guys know about it and they’re driving the net and getting rewarded for that,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game.
“Those three guys, not only is there chemistry, but they seem to enjoy playing with each other and when you do that there’s and even better reason for success.”
|Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Johnny Boychuck as Dallas Stars' Brendan Morrow, left, looks on during the first period of Boston's 6-3 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
Although the Bergeron, Recchi, Marchand line has been producing for the Black & Gold since its inception a few weeks before the All-Star break, Boston’s newly reunited "white" line has also come up big in recent contests. Nathan Horton
, David Krejci
and Milan Lucic
, who were the Bruins top producing trio during the B’s strong start to the season, were recently reunited after center Marc Savard
suffered his second concussion in a year on Jan. 22.
In the past four games, and since that line was put back together, Horton has 1-1-2 totals (including scoring his first goal since Jan. 3) and Lucic has two goals and Krejci has three assists.
Krejci's trio started the scoring just 35 seconds into the game when Lucic found the back of the net for his 21st goal of the season, capitalizing on the energy the three fights prior to the goal created.
“It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be fights, but it happened that way and our guys did a great job responding and doing that," Bergeron said of Lucic’s goal, assisted by Krejci and Horton. "I think the team had to respond for these guys that chipped in and fought with goals."
Boston will look to keep their offense rolling on Saturday afternoon when they take on the San Jose Sharks in the second game of their four-game homestand. ---Hannah Becker