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Now, let’s take a look at the Bruins’ third line:
LW- Daniel Paille – 2011-2012 stats: GP 69 G 9 A 6 PTS 15 +/- -5 PIM 15
C- Gregory Campbell – 2011-2012 stats: GP 78G 8 A 8 PTS 16 +/- -3 PIM 80
RW- Shawn Thornton – 2011-2012 stats: GP 81 G 5 A 8 PTS 13 +/- -7 PIM 154
This line is what separates the Bruins from most teams in the NHL. Not only can this team hit and provide instant energy, but it can produce points and be part of a rotation that gives its other lines rest. It’s a luxury that most teams don’t have. If watching this line doesn’t put a smile on your face every single time it steps on the ice, you don’t realize how important the little things are that they do.
Shawn Thornton constantly throws his body around and provides energy with his fights and toughness. Daniel Paille gets to the dirty areas of the ice and every so often will deliver an unsuspecting huge hit that ignites the Bruins.
And maybe the most underrated Bruin, Gregory Campbell, is always in the dirty areas of the ice digging for pucks, and has shown that he isn’t afraid to drop the gloves against larger opponents. And maybe his most important attribute: He isn’t afraid to dive in front of shots. Whether its on the penalty kill or 5 on 5 in a blowout late in the 3rd period, Campbell is diving and blocking shots.
It’s a job that doesn’t receive the appreciation that it deserves, only bruises. There’s nothing but grit and toughness coming from this line in recent years, and will definitely provide more of the same.
Jordan Caron – 2012-2013 AHL stats: GP 31 G 6 A 2 PTS 8 +/- -6 PIM 30
Ryan Spooner – 2012-2013 AHL stats: GP 26 G 7 A 13 PTS 20 +/- 5 PIM 6
Lane MacDermid – 2012-2013 AHL stats: GP 32 G 3 A 2 PTS 5 +/- -5 PIM 73