Morning Free Association: Best Bruins Lines

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What is the top Bruins line of the past 30 years? That’s a question that Greg Wyshynski of ESPN attempted to tackle, as well as those of the other 30 teams.

As for the Bruins, this is what he had to say:

Best line: LW Joe Juneau, C Adam Oates, RW Dmitri Kvartalnov

For one season, “The Bonanza Line” rode high in the saddle. This was the best offensive season in Oates’ Hall of Fame career, with 142 points(!) including a league-high 97 assists. Juneau’s 102 points and 32 goals were his career best. Don’t sleep on Kvartalnov, who arrived in Boston as a 26-year-old “rookie” after a decade playing in Russia and posted 30 goals and 72 points in one of only two seasons in the NHL.

Cult classic: LW Daniel Paille, C Gregory Campbell, RW Shawn Thornton

They earned their “Merlot Line” nickname because that was the color of their jerseys in practice, worn by the team’s fourth line. But the trio protested against being called the team’s fourth line. “Our fourth line, as it’s called in Boston, is not a fourth line on most other teams. We play an important role,” said Campbell. Indeed these linemates did, throwing their bodies around and energizing fans and teammates during Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup run.

Best current line: LW Brad Marchand, C Patrice Bergeron, RW David Pastrnak

Known as “The Perfection Line” (to everyone but the Bruins fans who loathe that moniker). Since 2017, these three have played just over 1,600 minutes together at 5-on-5, with the Bruins scoring 61.0% of the goals and getting 57.0% of the shot attempts. Bergeron, one of the best two-way centers in NHL history, is flanked by two wingers who have played to a 30-goal pace for the past four seasons. As dominant as they come, and an argument can be made that this is the best Bruins line of the past 30 years, too.

I can understand the bias of selecting a line that scored all the points before the Dead Puck Era began in earnest but, the current top line is just really excellent and longer lived than the Bonanza Line, which basically existed only for a season. JoĆ© Juneau was traded to Washington for Al Iafrate the following season. Dmitri Kvartalnov played another 39 games in the NHL, all with the Bruins before disappearing into the Russian sunset. That last part is what noted longtime Bruins fan, Phony said to the group chat about that line’s “Hoss”.

Anyway, what are your favorite lines? I know we have some people who have all sorts of Bruins viewing experience, so it should be interesting.

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Quaider4ever
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Happy Birthday GH!!

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No snow would be a nice gift!

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We could share that, even though we’re apart. smile

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Morning all. Happy Birthday VA!

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Hi All!
I can’t remember a line as dominant as Pasta, Bergy, and Marchand. There have been several great duos with rotating other guy. I always loved Kasper and Burridge…. Oops, is that more than thirty years ago? Seems like yesterday!

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Yeah, Oates was awesome, but 63-37-88 is just something special!
I’m glad I’m around to see it.

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Hi folks, and happy birthday to VA!

My favourite Bruins line was always Looch-Krejci-Iginla – that is until the current top line came along. I think they’ll take some topping.

Was a big fan of the Merlot line too. I like to see players who aren’t ultra skill guys making the best of the talents they do have.

A line I’d like to see more of is DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman. I thought they were really starting to show some cheap. Is try before Kuhly got injured. Not sure I’ll get my with though …

As well as being VA’s day it’s also VE Day! It’s not normally marked too much here but as it’s the 75th anniversary it’s a public holiday this year, and given the current circumstances a lot of people are treating it as a bit of an occasion. Good fun.

Last night it was my turn to host our weekly quiz at the Furlough Arms, as we call the virtual pub my fellow workers and I have set up via Google Meet. It went very well, although the boss won, which wasnt a popular result!

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I forgot about Lucic, Krejci, and Iginla. That was a good one! Same for the Horton version…. lunch pail crew.

Also, the boss must always… LOSE! grin

Satan 81's Sister
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Oh man Lucic, Krejci, and Igninla as well as Lucic, Krejci, Horton were fun to watch.

Remember when Iginla went to Pittsburgh instead of Boston and Bruins fans were mad? Fun times.

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Quaider4ever

I was not happy with Jerome!

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Satan 81's Sister

But who can forget that final minute of the Pitt series. Jagr randomly joining the pig pile, Chara shoving Krejci into position, oh and Tuukka saving the final shot…..from Iginla!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kM5WK4iOu0

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The London Bear

Wow, that was something else! I both love and hate the last minute of one-goal games!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I don’t think I breathed at all that last minute!

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Furlough Arms is a great name!