The three players have combined for just one point off an empty-net goal in game one from Marchand and have a -7 rating on the ice together. Their head coach knows there’s room for improvement, but is confident production is coming.
“I think Marchy [Marchand] and Bergy [Bergeron] both had chances late in game two and Pastrnak had one off the draw, so all three had chances. It’s not going in,” Bruce Cassidy said. “Give Binnington credit and St. Louis’ defensive core, I think they’ve done a really good job.”
Cassidy doesn’t think his best skaters will be struggling the entire series.
“It’s not secret they’re a really good line that can generate a lot of offense, so I think they’re getting checked hard as well,” he said. “This time of year you have to find that extra gear. I believe they’re close.”
Bergeron also knows that the Bruins lean on him and his line, especially during the most important time of the year.
“We obviously know that we have to be better,” Bergeron said. “I don’t think there are any surprises there. Bottom line is, we have to take care of the puck first and foremost, especially in our zone. Then on offense, simplifying our game has been key for us in finding our way.”
Boston has been lucky enough so far this playoff run to not have to solely rely on their stars in order to win games.
“We’ve been fortunate this playoffs. One of the reasons we’re here is our secondary scoring,” Cassidy said.
Therefore, there’s no need for the top line to get in their heads.
“They don’t have to put too much pressure on themselves. We don’t want them going down that road,” the head coach said. “Just play to their level, play to their standard and they should be fine.”
Bergeron echoed those same sentiments.
“Yeah we’re playing a good team, we’ve been playing a good team all along. I think it’s more about us being better.”