2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Despite scoring woes, Bruins aren’t battling a ‘5-alarm fire’ with their slumping top line

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A night after Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak generated zero points despite having a whopping 91.67 percent of their faceoffs held in the Leafs’ zone, Bruce Cassidy and assistant coach Jay Pandolfo sat down with the trio, looking for some answers in wake of a 3-2 loss to Toronto in Game 3.

Now trailing 2-1 in their series with the Leafs and with a pivotal Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena, the Bruins need to get their big guns on the same page and fast, as the three have only generated six points through three games this series — a year removed from a playoff run in which they generated nine goals and 30 points against the Leafs over seven games.

For as disheartening as the results have been for the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line as of late, Cassidy isn’t ready to push the panic button quite yet.

“Jay meets with these guys probably every three weeks to 10 to 12 games," Cassidy said. "They like to go over some stuff, they want to get better. They're real coachable. I think sometimes, Bergy has to reel his wingers in and sort of get them back on the same page. … We just want to get them back on the same page. I think they like structure, they crave it, and then they add that to their creativity and off they go. This isn't some five-alarm fire meeting with them, it's a simple revisiting basics, what can we do against Toronto that's playing them hard, to help them create a little offense and off they go.”

Stating the obvious, the Bruins are digging quite a hole for themselves if they leave Toronto down in the series, 3-1. So what can Cassidy and Co. do to get Boston’s top line humming once again?