One of the primary reasons the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup Final has been the production they have received from their defensemen.
They have size, strength and will play a physical game on defense. They also have the ability to change the game with their offense.
The Bruins defense has scored 15 goals in the postseason. Johnny Boychuk has five goals, rookie Torey Krug has four, captain Zdeno Chara has scored twice and Adam McQuaid also has two goals. Defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Wade Redden have also scored in the postseason.
However, in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins defensemen have combined for just one assist.
Head coach Claude Julien wants his defensemen to load the gun and fire away. They are skilled at avoiding shot-blockers and getting the puck to the net.
If the Bruins can get a goal or two from their defensemen in Game 3, it would give them an excellent chance to take the lead in the series.