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Boston’s top line looking tough to stop once again

Jan 30, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Johnny Boychuk AP

BOSTON, MA — Last season the Bruins’ top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Nathan Horton saw more downs than ups. The line was broken up for a bit and later on, Horton was lost to a season-ending concussion.

This season, the trio has been reunited and it’s just like 2011 all over again as all three are clicking with each other. Last night, the trio combined to score their only goal in regulation in a 2-1 shootout win over the Devils. The good news for Bruins fans is that they’re all keeping a level head about things.

“We’ve been playing together for some time now,” Krejci said. “It feels good though. We’re winning, our line’s doing good. That’s what everyone expects from us. We don’t get too high on ourselves. We know that’s what we should do and if we didn’t do that, we didn’t do our job. So far I like what I see from those two guys and I’m trying to help them out as much as I can and they’re trying to help me out. So far, so good.”

Horton, meanwhile, kept his line’s and the team’s success in check.

“They’re great players,” Horton said. “It’s fun for me to play with them. They’re special, just like everyone else on the team. It’s fun to be a part of this and great guys make it a lot of fun.”

If anyone might be viewed as “excited” it’s coach Claude Julien. His enthusiasm about their play, however, stems from them having concerns heading into the season.

“This was a line that had a question mark on it,” Julien said. “One guy hadn’t played in a year [Horton] and the other guy didn’t play at all so far since the beginning of the year [Lucic] and David was the only one having played. Being one of our top lines… We want to be able to rely on those guys. We have and they’ve certainly given us exactly what we need right now.”

With the Bruins atop the Eastern Conference with 11 points and a 5-0-1 record, the more that top line keeps rolling, the more trouble they’ll bring their opponents.

  1. nhloon - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Killlaaahhhh B’sssss!!!!!!!! Enough waiting for last minute heroics, got to get better starts out of the gate.

  2. rogersjd16 - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    While Looch has looked tremendous (believe he leads league in Hits), and that line’s success begins and ends with him starting the forecheck, you have to love how great Horton looks. All over the ice. Loads of SOG, one-timers, creating own…Looks like he wasn’t lying when he said it’s the best he’s felt in 2 years.

    • 19to77 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      I think it’s Emelin leading actually, though that may just be for defensemen, I don’t know. He was at 28 in five games at last count. Is Lucic higher?

  3. puddywasright - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    This game could have(should have) gone to the Devils- thereby making this headline rather silly. Sure, the B’s look good and are doing well but in this game -this headline makes little sense- they scored one goal in regulation- hence their “top line” was not hard to stop. It was a shoot out win in the 6th round. Just saying the headlines here are the hook but they are often either misleading or inapplicable to the game in question.

    • nhbsfan - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      The Devils should have won? I’m not sure how you come to that conclusion. The B’s were playing a back to back after a very high tempo game the night before in Carolina and the Devils hadn’t played since Sunday. They were practicing in Boston while the B’s were playing Carolina. BOTH teams only got one goal, and the Devils needed a power play to get theirs while the B’s 3rd period goal was even strength. It seems to me the game could have gone either way, but to say the Devils should have won is a stretch imo.

      Also, I think the basic idea of this article is the production of the top line in the first 6 games of this season, not just this game.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      You are aware that there are other facets of the game that are indicative of a successful line other than scoring right?

  4. bruinsfan1953 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Once we clinch a playoff spot , we should sit all 3 of these guys down so they don’t get hurt . This has to be one of the toughest lines to come along in a long time.

  5. dboldave - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    The problem with Lucic is he usually looks good at the start of the season and is a mess by the time playoffs start. I hope the shortened season works to his benefit. Having him play like this come playoff time would be great!

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      I don’t think he ever looks good. How this guy continues to score goals is beyond reason. He can’t skate, has stone hands and is a turnover machine but somehow he scores.

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