Boston Bruins: 3 takeaways from the win in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 08: Patrice Bergeron #37, Brad Marchand #63 and Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins celebrate after Marchand scored a first-period power-play goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 08: Patrice Bergeron #37, Brad Marchand #63 and Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins celebrate after Marchand scored a first-period power-play goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 08: Charlie Coyle #13 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against Paul Stastny #26 of the Vegas Golden Knights in the first period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bruins defeated the Golden Knights 4-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Coyle and Heinen fortify the third line

Fortunately for Boston, the third line played well against Vegas. This comes off of two strong games against Dallas and Arizona.

Coyle and Heinen are the two constants with the third line. The pair started with Ritchie on the right wing, and then Kuhlman filled that role in the second and third periods. Kuhlman really fit in nicely with Coyle and Heinen.

Coyle was nothing short of a beast in the game against Vegas. He didn’t register any points, but Coyle finished with six shots on goal and a lot of puck possession.

In one play in particular, Coyle used his size to shield off numerous Vegas defenders. He skated all around the offensive zone and eventually made an impressive power move out front.

Heinen, too, had an impressive game. He doesn’t have Coyle’s size, so Heinen won’t wow anybody with physical play. He, however, has a great stick. He blocks passes and consistently wins the puck on the forecheck.

Heinen also does well to keep possession along the boards. He shields defenders, protects the puck, and makes plays to his linemates.

Coyle and Heinen form a great partnership, and they add depth to Boston’s forward group. With those two in the fold, the Bruins can expect consistent contributions from the third line.

Expect Coyle, Heinen, and Kuhlman to see some more time together moving forward.

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