As a passionate hockey fan, I have seen some of the best lines in the NHL’s recent history, such as the “A-Line” of Patrik Elias, Jason Arnott, and Petr Sykora, or the “CASH” line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatley. When a team has a dominant top line of players that have near-perfect chemistry with one another, the result is almost always continuous success.
This season, there have been many talented top lines in the league, but no line was more talented and successful for the duration of the entire season than the Boston Bruins’ top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrňák. While they don’t have a nickname (yet) like the lines listed above, they are one of the best lines I have ever seen in my two decades of watching the game.
Yesterday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins’ top line demolished the Leafs, and that is not an exaggeration. The line combined for 14 (!) total points, which included a hat trick from Pastrňák, who had this beautiful goal (note the amazing play-by-play call of the legendary Doc Emrick).
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So what makes Boston’s top line so good? First, as indicated above, is the chemistry these three have together. All three have excellent vision when on the ice, and they always seem to know where the other two are at all times. That leads to precise passes, which leads to quality scoring chances, which leads to the puck constantly in the back of the opposing team’s net, as evidenced above with Pastrňák’s goal. When the chemistry is near-perfect, the line is always guaranteed to succeed.
The other big reason why the Bruins’ top line is so formidable is their two hundred foot game, which they play better than any line in the NHL. All three forwards are defensively responsible in their own end during all situations of the game, and all three will never give up on a play. Bergeron will likely add another Selke Trophy to his collection as the league’s top defensive forward, but he will do so thanks in part to the two-way game of his wingers.
If this line keeps playing the way it has all season, it would be hard to pick against the Boston Bruins as the favorite to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. If they win, this line will be forever immortalized in hockey history, and will earn their place as one of the league’s greatest lines. However, with that being said, every great line needs a nickname, and we need you, the Bruins’ most passionate fans to help coin it. What should we nickname the Bruins’ top line?
Photo: Boston Herald