BOSTON — The Bruins’ best line for much of the season has been that of Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. That trio was broken up recently, thanks in large part to injury, and the team’s overall play unsurprisingly slid.
The band was back together Wednesday night with Marchand and Bergeron back from injury, and while the B’s dropped a shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres, there was plenty to be happy with from the Bergeron line.
It’s fairly obvious that the success starts with Bergeron. One of the best two-way players in the world, just reinserting the alternate captain into the lineup goes a long way in stabilizing everyone else.
Much of that starts with puck possession, so it naturally helps to have one of the best faceoff men in the game back in there. Boston’s league-leading faceoff efforts started to slide in Bergeron’s absence, but he was back to dominating draws Wednesday night. Bergeron won 13 of the 17 faceoffs he took, leading the way for a Bruins team that w...