Charlie Coyle didn’t wax poetic about the play of Boston’s third line following their 5-4 loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday night.
The B’s bottom-six trio may not have run skating clinics in Montreal’s zone, nor will they make the NHL’s daily highlight reel off of a couple of nifty dangles or tic-tac-toe passing sequences.
No, Boston’s latest iteration of a third line kept things rather simple on Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean that they weren’t effective.
“They were arguably our most effective line,” Bruce Cassidy said of his third line. “They had a good game.”
Coyle and Anders Bjork have logged some significant minutes over the last two weeks, skating for 36:37 of 5v5 TOI together through seven games. But that duo had a new linemate to work with in Zach Senyshyn — playing in just his third game in the NHL.
For as much as Senyshyn’s status as a first-round selection back in 2015 was due in large part to his offensive potential (114 goals in 195 games in the OHL), the 22-year-old winger has spent most of the previous two and a half seasons working on the finer details of his game down in Providence.
“I try to just take it one game at a time and show them what I learned down there,” Senyshyn said Tuesday night. “Again, the reason why I got here was by learning those little things in my game and by bringing those things and bringing my speed and what I’m naturally good at. I think that’s what I tried to focus on, was playing to my strengths and showing them that I was able to play that complete game.”
Senyshyn might not have been flashy in his short, one-game sample size up with the big club. But he didn’t have to in order to make an impact against Montreal.