VIDEO: Bruins score first thanks to Milan Lucic, streaking top line
Beautiful passing led to the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final, a tally from Milan Lucic and three more points for Boston's top line.
CHICAGO -- The Boston Bruins struck first in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, getting a goal from what has been their best line of the playoffs by far.
David Krejci, a serious contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy, made the play happen by playing the puck behind his own net and avoiding a big hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson. From there he slipped the puck back to Nathan Horton who tipped it along to Milan Lucic, all alone right in front of the crease. Bing-bang-boom, the Bruins were on the board.
It's no surprise that the Bruins' top line cashed in, as that's all it has been doing this postseason. The three players have 54 combined points -- 22 now for Krejci. They have been playing out of their minds, especially noticeable after a pretty quiet regular season for them. Playoff hockey suits them well.
It was the payoff for a great response by the Bruins to Chicago's strong early start. The Blackhawks came out in the first period flying, delivering 13 hits in the first five minutes and generating many chances in the first 10 minutes. Then the Bruins turned the table and settled into their rhythm, capped off by the Lucic tally.
Oh, and notice after the goal how Krejci and Hjalmarsson had some words for each other. It didn't take long for the chirping to start in this series, now, did it?
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