The No. 1 line of Lucic, Horton, and David Krejci flickered offensively. Lucic landed four shots, but Horton recorded only one, and Krejci none.
For most of this season, Krejci’s line had been the Bruins’ most consistent offensive threat. In the last four games, the top-liners have combined for three goals.
“You can’t win games, big games like that, relying on just that one line,” Julien said. “We need more out of the other lines. Tonight wasn’t the night where we got that. It’s a credit to them. I think Patrice had a great night, obviously Marshy with three assists, and I thought Tyler was skating well and competing well. That was a good line for us. Another line or two like that with that same work ethic, we would have been fine.”
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