– Head Coach Claude Julien often credits the line of veteran forward Patrice Bergeron
, and young stars Brad Marchand
and Tyler Seguin
as the most consistently productive line – the backbone of the Boston Bruins offense.
|Seguin, Bergeron and Marchand |
But throughout the midseason slumber, even the trio of skilled forwards, which accounts for 58 of the Bruins goals this season, hit a lull.
Before the game against St. Louis, Marchand, who is tied for the team lead with 21 goals, hadn’t scored a goal in six games. Seguin hasn’t scored in the last seven contests, and Bergeron, who leads the team with 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists), only has one goal in his last five games.
“If you put pressure on scoring goals, more often than not its not going to go in,” Bergeron said after today’s morning skate in Buffalo. “It’s about doing the little things right – all the little details – and things are going to fall in place if you do that.”
However, at the start of the team’s six-game road trip, things finally started to fall into place.
And it all started with Seguin, who even though he didn’t score, helped facilitate the offense and recorded in assist in three out of the first four games of the road trip – Montreal, Winnipeg and St. Louis.
“Seggy has been playing well all year and he’s learning and he’s getting better each and every game,” Bergeron said of his Seguin, who is second on the team with 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists).
“His confidence level helps him a lot right now, and obviously it’s going to happen. But I think if he does the little details away from the puck, good things are going to happen.”
And in St. Louis, Marchand ignited the score sheet with two goals – the first of the game and the last, which sealed a 4-2, energizing victory.
“Brad is a tough player – he always plays hard and always plays with an edge,” Bergeron said. “Against St. Louis, obviously the puck went in but I thought he had some great chances before that and I think the whole team put a much better effort and it helped everybody.”
When the Bruins (36-20-2) face off against the Buffalo Sabres (26-27-7) tonight, Bergeron is hoping his line can help his team stay on the right track.
With just 23 games remaining on the schedule after tonight, the homestretch of the season is here.
According to Bergeron, now is the perfect time for the Bruins to jump back into stride.
“Consistency is something we have to have – we need to have down the stretch and it starts tonight,” Bergeron said. “[Buffalo] embarrassed us last game and we have to make sure we’re aware of that, and we’re ready for a big matchup.
"For us to establish consistency, this is a huge game for us.”--- Anthony Gulizia