Bruins’ top line proving to be the best in the NHL

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MONTREAL – Without question, the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak is the best in the NHL. It’s a fact after the first 45 games of the 2017-18 season. This trio dominates at both ends of the ice in a way no other line in the league can match.

Sure, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche all have impressive top lines, but it’s tough to rank them higher than Bergeron’s line and its overall performance.

Entering Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre, which extended Boston’s point streak to 16 games, the Bruins’ top line, along with defenseman Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy, combined for a plus-88.