|Joe Thornton (AP)|
What a line. Actually, Boston might have one of the deeper group of forwards of any team in the NHL during this series, and this one is no joke. Joe Thornton spent parts of eight seasons in Boston to start his career after being the No. 1 overall pick in 1997 before being traded to San Jose midway through the 2005-06 season.
When Patrice Bergeron is your No. 2 center you probably have a pretty good team. Don’t remember Kris Versteeg’s days as a Bruin? That’s because he never actually played for them. The Bruins traded him to Chicago before he made his NHL debut. The return: Brandon Bochenski. Ouch.
This is about as good a third line as you’re going to find and probably wouldn’t be a bad second line.
Offensive scratch: Vladimir Sobotka
Defense pairing 1: Marc Stuart - Milan Jurcina It’s a good thing the forwards are great because the defense (and goaltending, as you’ll see in a minute) isn’t. All of Boston’s top defensemen now have been acquired from outside the organization.
Seriously. This was the best we could do for a second pairing on defense.
Defensive scratch: Shaonne Morrison
Goaltenders: Andrew Raycroft - Hannu Toivenen