Bruins Newly Formed Line Continues To Lead Offense

Matt BakerCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2008

Krejci, Murray and Sturm stay hot, B's win third straight

Many Bruins fans, including yours truly, questioned how the already slumping offense would perform upon losing two of their top scorers earlier this week.

Many figured that without Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew, the Bruins were doomed to drop right out of the playoff hunt and miss the post-season for the fourth straight year. David Krejci and his new linemates had different plans.

The line of Krejci, Murray and Sturm has accounted for seven of the Bruins' 14 goals in the last three games. Krejci alone has had two goals and five assists over the three game stretch. 

Krejci was a bit shaky at first, but has become more comfortable as of late playing with Glen Murray and Marco Sturm. So comfortable that head coach Claude Julien also has Krejci centering the first unit Power Play and Penalty Kill.

Trust me when I say that you cannot just throw three guys onto a line and expect them to produce points right away. Each line has its own chemistry, and it is not something that develops over night.

I mean, take Brady and Welker out of the Patriots' offensive attack and there are only so many times Matt Cassel can throw a deep route to Randy Moss effectively.

In the Bruins' case, put a twenty-one year old onto a line with a veteran who has played in over 1,000 games, and the teams leading goal scorer, and you might expect discomfort on both sides.

Many expected Krejci to be a step behind his wingers, and not many were sure if the two veterans would be able to work well playing with a young center. But they have played very well since Krejci joined the first line and, all in all, have scored seven of the teams 14 goals in the last three games.

This is turning out to be a very productive line, and it will need to stay that way in order to set the pace for the rest of the team as they move closer to securing a playoff spot.