BOSTON -- Even as they take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers on Sunday (3 p.m., NBC, TSN, RDS), the Boston Bruins are still searching for secondary scoring.
And if it's up to Shawn Thornton, the Bruins' energy line will be supplementing the offense a bit more as this series unfolds.
"I'm still waiting for us to try and chip in," Thornton said prior to Game 2 at TD Garden. "We've talked about it. And we've been close; we've had a ton of chances we're not putting in right now. It would be nice to maybe take some of the pressure off some of the big boys with a couple of goals from our line."
Thornton and center Gregory Campbell have yet to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Left wing Daniel Paille scored his one goal in the playoffs shorthanded. Those three Bruins players have combined for 26 shots on net. In the regular season, those three players combined for 17 goals despite playing mostly fourth-line minutes.
"We feel that the whole last series and last game, we felt pretty good about our game," Paille said. "I think we had more scoring chances for than against. Right now, we're just not having it. But hopefully, I think we feel really good about ourselves going into the next game."
Here’s the Bruins' projected lineup:
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Scratched: Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson
Injured: Wade Redden, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference