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Bruins need more from their top scoring line

Oct 10, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic AP

Tim Thomas received a lot of deserved credit for the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup victory, but he certainly had some help. Beyond Zdeno Chara, his biggest helpers might have been the top line of Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic, even if they slipped under the radar a bit.

Considering that run and the prime ages of those three forwards, it wouldn’t have been crazy to expect a big year from that line. Instead, they’ve struggled mightily to begin the season, leaving’s Joe Haggerty to wonder if they’re on the verge of being split up. Here’s Haggerty’s take on their work so far.

Lucic has only six hits in three games and hasn’t been the tower of fire-breathing intimidation he can be when playing with some genuine anger, Krejci has been average at best to start the season after leading the team in playoff goals last year and Horton has been the most absent of the bunch in the early going.

Looking at their simplest numbers, I think that Krejci and Lucic should get their acts together. Krejci has a goal on six shots and Lucic has an assist as well as six shots while Horton has just one shot on goal and zero points.

It’s hard not to wonder if Horton is still a little bit “off” from that notorious Aaron Rome hit. If Bruins head coach Claude Julien opts to break that line up, he might want to move Horton off the line – at least temporarily. The Krecji-Lucic combo fared quite well even in the games following Horton’s injury, after all.

It’s only three games, but NHL coaches are known for tweaking their line combos. If their slow start festers into a funk, it might be best for Julien to forget their prosperous past.

  1. bcjim - Oct 11, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    They need to sign a to sign a top line first

  2. nhlbruins90 - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    The top line has been MIA for three games. The season has already started boys, these points will count in April.

  3. spitfisher - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Milan hardly showed up in the playoffs last year, had they not won, my opinion was it would because of him, lack of scoring and hitting. He would have to take the blame or most of it. Last year he did a lot of leaning on his stick away from the play and often was gliding around rather than skating. It was very disapointing to watch him then and now in season.

    My suggestion and do it early is drop him down to the 3rd or fourth line. It would be great for his conditioning, it would send a message to him and others. And get the stupid mind set out of his head that he’s a sniper. He’s a power forward- so act like one! drop the gloves occasionally, stay out of the box, keep your stick down and skate at those defensmen. Don’t worry when they see a truck coming they’ll likely move out of the way and creat space. He, like Joe thorton and even cam Neely play a heck of a lot better when they have an chippy edge on & when they skate.

    • theonlycush - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:34 PM

      Looch played his tail off in the playoffs with a broken toe… Putting him on the fourth line would be a joke.

    • theonlycush - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      not to mention the fact that you contradict yourself mightily. You want him to drop his gloves, yet stay out of the box?

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