Boston Bruins: 3 Deciding Factors In First Round Victory

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Secondary Scoring

When you look beyond the powerplay goals we scored in this series, it’s clear that we had less reliance on our top line than we sometimes do.

Our regular top line played together just twice through the series and between them came away with 4 goals and 4 assists, which is not a bad return.

However, as is often proven the case in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, teams need to find scoring beyond their top group. The Boston Bruins managed this with players finding form at the right time.

Leading the charge was a resurgent Jake DeBrusk, who is steadily increasing his contract renewal cost. At even-strength, he had 2 goals, while his regular center David Krejci chipped in with a goal and 2 assists.

The second line showed amazing newfound chemistry with Ondrej Kase, who put up 3 assists; rightfully, that line should be labelled our stand-out group for the series.

Charlie Coyle, ever the playoff performer, stepped up with an even-strength goal, while Connor Clifton had a cracking game in Game 4, adding a goal and assist.

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Chris Wagner, Charlie McAvoy, Joakim Nordstom and Torey Krug all chipped in with assists too.

Let’s also not forget, Sean Kuraly picked up a shorthanded goal, Charlie Coyle had one on the man-advantage and David Krejci was a beast with 2 goals and 3 assists on the powerplay.

This series demonstrated that the Boston Bruins don’t wholly need to rely upon Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak to get the points. They still managed to tally a good few, but the rest of the team chipped in and it made a huge difference to the series result.