– When Head Coach Claude Julien unveiled his new lines Thursday against the New Jersey Devils, it was the first time the line of Tyler Seguin
, Patrice Bergeron
and Brad Marchand
hadn’t played together since Nov. 1.
The new line of Milan Lucic
, David Krejci
and Seguin has been ultra productive, combining for eight of the Bruins 10 goals in the last three games.
But on the other hand, the line of Bergeron, Marchand and veteran Brian Rolston
has gone rather quiet – producing just two points (assists from Bergeron and Rolston.)
However, the trio is slowly starting to find its chemistry – sometimes an arduous process that takes time.
“I mean every time you have new linemates, you need to adjust, find some chemistry and get to know the guys on the ice and we’re they’re going to be,” Bergeron said. “We’ve had our share of chances, but we got to find ways to score. I think we’ve had some decent games, and we look to establish that chemistry as fast as we can.”
Arguably, the best of those chances came against the New York Rangers when the Bruins were down 2-1 in the first period.
Marchand drove the net and lifted a backhander past Henrik Lundqvist, but as the puck slipped by the Rangers goaltender, it hit a post and rolled along the goal line and surprisingly, it didn’t go in.
When the B’s gritty forward realized it didn’t go in, he wasn’t upset – instead he was happy his line created a good scoring opportunity.
“I wasn’t really sure [if it went in],” Marchand said. “I kind of turned after I shot it, but Bergy and Rolly said they thought it went in so I was a little excited. But we got back to the bench and [NBC reporter] Pierre McGuire was right there and saw the replay and let us know it didn’t go in. But I wasn’t disappointed.”
Since the new Bergeron line has been put together, Julien has experimented with Rolston and Marchand on each wing.
For Marchand, he feels the right fit is when he plays the left wing.
“We kind of switched around wings a little bit there, and we seem to read off each other a little bit better now,” Marchand said. “And we’re talking a lot on the bench and in the [locker] room, just trying to get comfortable with each other. I think it’s shown on the ice.
“Last game we had a lot of chances we didn’t finish on, but that’s what we need to do. We need to keep going and hopefully a couple of those opportunities will go in.”--- Anthony Gulizia