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The Bruins depth disappeared in the playoffs

Non Bergeron line forwards were a net negative against Tampa.

There weren't a lot of smiles for the Bruins third line during the playoffs Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Boston Bruins had the sixth best even strength goals for per hour during the regular season, but that meant nothing against Tampa Bay.

Besides the Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak line, the Bruins often found themselves hemmed into their own zone, unable to get it out unless they iced the puck. After Torey Krug’s goal to pull the Bruins within one with 4:02 left in game two, the Bruins did not score another even strength goal over the next three plus games. It’s is difficult to win a hockey game when you can’t score a goal at the strength where 80% of the game is played, according to high level hockey sources.

Bruins even strength futility
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Only two Bruins forwards had more than one point against Tampa, and only three forwards in total. Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, David Krejci added a goal and an assist, and Jake DeBrusk had a goal. For comparison: Dan Girardi alone had two goals and one assist.

The bottom six? Zero goals, zero points, and only 31 total shots for Gionta, Heinen, Backes, Acciari, Riley Nash, Donato, Kuraly, Wingels, and Schaller. They did that while also getting dominated shot attempt wise, with only Brian Gionta joining the top line in finishing above break even in terms of shot attempts. Gionta joined the rest of his bottom six mates hovering around 40% in unblocked shot attempts, shots, scoring chances, and high quality scoring chances.

Riley Nash’s third line was the biggest underperformer, as he only had one point to go with his 7 shots in these playoffs, potentially still shaking the cobwebs out from Torey Krug’s shot to the side of his head. Danton Heinen didn’t fare much better, putting up one point along with 8 shots in the playoffs, culminating with the Bruins fifth highest regular season scorer being scratched for the final two games of the postseason.

I’m not really sure how to finish this article, so I guess I’ll leave it like the Bruins series ended: Uninspired and top heavy.