Thursday, May 26, 2011
The good news: Top line delivered
By James Murphy
TAMPA -- While the Bruins were obviously disappointed about squandering a chance to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup finals and losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals 5-4, there were still some positives to take from the game. Probably the biggest was that their top line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton delivered probably their best collective effort of the playoffs.
Krejci registered his first career playoff hat trick, Lucic had a goal and an assist, and Horton added two helpers. The seven-point showing from the big guns didn’t translate into a win, but if they can repeat it in Game 7 they will have a good chance of advancing.
“Obviously we were able to generate a lot of offense,” Lucic said. “I think we were moving our feet; we were supporting each other and we were going to the net. Obviously ‘Krech’ scoring three goals today was good but just not good enough.”
“It’s probably our best game as a line and we need to build off it,” Lucic added. “We gotta play the same way. It wasn’t enough tonight so hopefully we can bring even more. It was obviously a positive we can take and while you’re never happy with a loss, there’s some things we can build off. For us, we’re just looking forward to Game 7.”
Head coach Claude Julien was also thrilled to see his No. 1 line step up in a big game.
“Yeah they were very good tonight,” Julien said. “That line needed to be big for us and they were. And that’s certainly something that you can build on heading home, that if those guys play like that again, you like our chances.”
Krejci said that if he and his linemates can repeat that performance they will be hard to contain.
"If we play like this, it doesn't matter who is playing against us because they can't stop us," Krejci said. "We have to take the same attitude the next game and try to do the same thing."