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Years later, the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line rides again

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Throwback Thursday, just a day early.

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

In the Bruins’ ongoing search for a right wing for David Krejci, it’s often said that Krejci has lacked a consistent skater on that side since he and Nathan Horton got split up.

For a time, the Bruins’ de facto “first” line of Milan Lucic, Krejci, and Horton was a force to be reckoned with. The three combined for 82 points in the strike-shortened 2013 regular season, and combined for 64 more in 22 playoff games.

While that trio wasn’t together for every shift of every game that season, they spent the majority of their TOI together for a few seasons, and it was beautiful.

However, all good things come to an end. Poor Krejci is still here without his bros. Horton left to sign with Columbus in the summer of 2013, and his career ended shortly thereafter. Lucic was traded out west in the summer of 2015.

Still, it’s good to see that the good times (and Stanley Cup championship) still keeps this trio together.

The obvious omission from the photo above is, of course, Krejci, which makes this addition (4 hours later) even better:

It’s OK to cry. Let it out, folks.

Letting Horton leave via free agency was the right decision, as was trading Lucic. Still, it’s hard not to get a little nostalgic.

UPDATE (9:00 AM) - It's turning into a 2011 reunion folks.