Through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, the "perfection line" has been pretty disappointing for the Bruins.
Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak have combined for a -7 in the two games. They each recorded a -1 in last night's loss, and combined for just seven of the Bruins' 23 shots (had 11 of 38 in Game 1). The line does have a couple points in the series (Marchand empty-netter in Game 1, Pastrnak assist on Coyle's PPG last night), but they need more. Much more.
Of the five goals the Blues have scored in this series, three have come against the perfection line—all coming from St. Louis top-liners Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, and Vladimir Tarasenko. So there's that.
Guess this series isn't as easy as people thought.
It doesn't need to be said, but the first line has to be better. On both sides of the ice.
Marchand didn't seem too worried following Game 2:
"It is what it is. Five games left, we're tied, best-of-five series here. So, if you told us at the start of the year we'd be 1-1 in the Finals, I'd take that every time. So yeah, onto the next one," Marchand said.
I've got to believe the top line will wake up in Game 3, especially with the Bruins being quite the road warriors with a 6-2 playoff mark. Whatever isn't working for Brad, Bergy, and Pasta now, I trust they'll figure it out in these two off days before Game 3. They're elite, all-star players.
They know what they have to do. Let's not panic... yet.