BOSTON — There’s no doubt that for most of the last two months the Boston Bruins’ top line of Marc Savard centering wingers Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic has been a major reason for the team’s success. And with Kessel ranking third in the league in goals scored and Savard sitting 12th in points, obviously the numbers are climbing to the point where the trio can be considered one of the most dangerous in the league.
But leave it to the Canadian media to blow the production out of proportion. One Canadian TV personality this morning actually brought up Pittsburgh’s potent combination of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby (and whatever lucky winger gets to ride the other side when the duo are joined) to head coach Claude Julien as a comparable for the Bruins’ “Big Three.”
“We’d need a few more inches for that,” Julien said with a chuckle. “But other than that, I think the damage that they do every night is obviously similar to that because I know that most teams are putting some of their best players on the ice against that line. And they just seem to thrive on it. They compete hard every night. And obviously a guy that doesn’t get enough ink is Milan Lucic, who with his size and strength certainly makes or gives them a lot of space out there and has certainly made that line blossom.”