Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy broke up the elusive first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak to kick off 2022, and it paid dividends.
Boston got more out of Jake DeBrusk by putting him on the top line and saw a fire ignite under Taylor Hall with Pastrnak on the second line.
But Cassidy put the original trio back together toward the end of Game 2 in the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes. Though it was too little, too late by that point, there was some renewed energy putting them back together.
For Hall, many wondered if he’d play as good as he had with Pastrnak now that they’re on different lines. Nothing has seemed to change, as showcased by Hall’s strong play in Game 4, and he completely understands keeping that top line together.
“Their line’s rolling,” Hall told reporters at PNC Arena after Tuesday’s practice, per team-provided video. “The other three lines on our team right now, it’s about letting them do their thing and when we get out there, can we contribute, can we add to that, can we be a line that makes a difference other than them? That’s our focus (Tuesday).”
Hall knows regardless of who he’s playing with, he has a job to do on the ice.
“Whether I’m playing with (Craig Smith) or Pasta, I still have to attack and make plays and use my feet and use my speed when I need to no matter who I’m playing with. If I’m doing that, it’s going to be a good night for me and whatever line I’m on usually.”
Either the Bruins or the Hurricanes will emerge from Tuesday’s Game 5 with a 3-2 series lead. Puck drop from PNC Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET, and. you can catch all the action on NESN beginning at 6 p.m.