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Boston Bruins Top Line Provides Game 1 Difference

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The top line for the Boston Bruins was on full-display on Sunday night. The trio of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand provided a difference that the dynamic offense of the Tampa Bay Lightning simply could not. Bergeron had a pair of assists on the night, while both Pastrnak and Marchand lit the lamp in a 3-2 victory.

“Well they’re good players, you know that, you’ve seen it,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said postgame. “They don’t quit on plays.”

Cassidy was especially happy with the third goal of the night. It stood as the game-winner for the Boston Bruins.

“Third goal is a great example of that, puck recovery on the power play for Pasta’s goal by everyone in the group, so real good job.” Cassidy continued. “Marchy hanging onto it on the first one, finding Brandon [Carlo]. [Charlie] Coyle goes to the net, so a lot of good stuff out of those guys. You typically aren’t going to advance if your best players aren’t your best players and you know the second period they weren’t as strong on the puck as they were early on, but they got it back.

“And again, full value, their line carried us. I thought some other guys did their job as well, just didn’t get rewarded on the score sheet but nice start for that line.”

Cassidy wasn’t the only coach impressed with the Bruins top line. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper praised them postgame as well on Sunday.

“Well they’re a dynamic line and they made a pretty slick play there,” Cooper began. “Obviously everybody saw it. But just they make big time plays at high rates of speed. So if you let up for a second they’re going to get you because they compete really hard. They never give up on plays and so clearly that’s what happened there.”

Alex is a 2016 graduate of Springfield College who is currently a writer with Boston Hockey Now and The Oilers Rig. Outside of writing, you can find Alex in rinks around New England as the Play-by-Play voice of the USPHL’s Boston Junior Bruins. In addition, he does broadcasting work for Northeastern University, Holy Cross And UMass-Lowell. Reach him on Twitter: @Alex_Thomas14

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