BROSSARD, Quebec -- Just as Bruins fans and media were wondering through the first four games when the team’s top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton would show up and deliver, the same has been asked about when players like Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez (three points each) or Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn (two points each) will break through and have that big game for the Canadiens.
And just as teammates of Lucic, Krejci and Horton did during their dry spells, Habs players say they aren’t depending on their big guns or waiting for them to lead the way on the scoreboard. As they pointed out Monday, it’s a collective effort that wins playoff games and team leaders do things beyond scoring that contribute.
“We’ve all gone through times where individually we haven’t performed the way we wanted to," defenseman PK Subban said, "but in terms of in the room and in their leadership, those are things that people don’t understand. You have to be in the dressing room every day and see them come ready to work. We try our best every day to score goals and win hockey games, and one night you may not be the guy scoring the goals but you’re the one blocking the shots or you’re tipping the puck out of the zone. Those are important things too.”
As Subban pointed out, the postseason isn’t an all-star game, it’s about everyone chipping in and unsung heroes emerging.
“The playoffs isn’t always about your star players being the heroes, it’s some guys maybe from the fourth or third line stepping up sometimes and being the heroes,” Subban said. “You look around the league and there’s some guys scoring overtime goals you wouldn’t see in a star player lineup before the game. So for us right now it’s just about guys stepping up and getting the job done. There’s 22 guys on this roster and all the guys have got to be ready to be that guy to send us to Game 7.”
Forward Travis Moen agreed that it will take a team effort for the Habs to force Game 7.
“All 22 guys have to raise their level and we’ll win," Moen said. "I think all four lines are trying to put the puck in the net and everyone’s battling. Just because maybe those guys haven’t been scoring doesn’t mean maybe the third, fourth lines aren’t trying to go out and do the same thing.”