When the Bruins were about to embark on a three-games-in-four-nights run against quality opponents last Thursday — two on the road, including Monday’s game against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre — it was an open question as to whether the young line of Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Ryan Donato and Danton Heinen had the details of their individual games enough in order to hang in against some tough matchups.
So far they’ve gotten passing a passing grade. In fact, the one thing they haven’t been able to do is the thing you would think would be the least problematic — putting away their glittering scoring opportunities. Going into the game at the Bell Centre, the line accounted for 21 shots on net, many of them excellent chances.
“Maybe I should have played them against (Jack) Eichel, in hindsight now, to be honest with you,” coach Bruce Cassidy said Monday morning. “But they’ve been good. They’ve been generating offense. Not finishing as well as we’d like, but I just think the law of averages will even that stuff out. Over time, you get that many really good looks, you’re going to score. They’ve been a good find for us…or however you want to describe that line getting thrown together. It’s helped us produce some secondary offense and generate momentum for us offensively.