It was a duo that combined for 34 goals and 34 assists during the 2013 regular season for the Boston Bruins. Now, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand are searching for answers as the linemates continue to struggle in their opening series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Seguin and Marchand have combined for two points during the first five games. The entire line has not been great, but Patrice Bergeron is an exception because he is as consistent as they come when on the ice in all three zones.
The two who carried the Black and Gold at times during the regular season are having a tough time lighting the lamp and making an impact through five games. Marchand only has two assists and 13 shots on net while Seguin has zero points (yes, zero) despite having a team-high 24 shots on goal.
Head coach Claude Julien knows his two second-line forwards must step up in Game 6 in order for the B’s to end the series.
“We do, I’ll leave it at that, we do,” Julien said. “That has to come for us to be successful starting next game. It’s something that’s called accountability and we have more of that from that line as far as being a difference-maker or at least something positive. If we could get those guys going, it would really help our team a lot.”
Marchand went on to talk about how the team needs more contributors outside of David Krejci and Zdeno Chara after the B’s Game 5 loss Friday night.
“Everyone else needs to step up and start contributing,” Marchand said. “We can’t rely on them every single game to get all of our goals. We got to dig down deep and have a much better game.”
The stage is set for Game 6.as the Bruins need a line and or a player to step up in order to end this series. The second-line can right the ship Sunday night by silencing the critics and performing well right from the opening puck drop.
The Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line must go back to the way they were playing in the early months of the season when they were carrying the team on their back. They need to get aggressive, but patient at the same time.
This line was one of the most dominant lines in the NHL throughout the season and a big part was because of the finishing ability of Seguin and Marchand. We must see that in Game 6 if the B’s want to head back to Boston watching tape of their second round opponent.
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