For Bruins, third line's the charm
BOSTON -- When Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2010, it wasn't an easy vote. He had been a force during much of the Blackhawks' title run, but his goal scoring tailed off in the Stanley Cup finals, and Chris Pronger was so good for the Flyers that he was in consideration, too.
If there were a way to give the award to an entire line, it might have been a no-brainer. The trio of Dave Bolland, Andrew Ladd and Kris Versteeg shifted every series in Chicago's favor. They terrorized Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau during the Western Conference finals and always seemed to change the course of games with a big hit, goal or defensively dominant performance.
Talking about that line brought a smile to Bolland's face on Tuesday.
"We clicked. We had a little bit of everything. Steeger had that skill and that shot and he was always just around the net," Bolland said. "Me and Laddy would battle down low, we were always in the corners getting those pucks. Those kinds of lines always come around. Those are the lines that help you win."
This year, the Blackhawks are seeing it on the other side of the ice. Ever since Bruins coach Claude Julien put the trio of Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille together in Game 2, the series has shifted in Boston's favor.
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