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Everybody getting in the scoring act for deep Bruins

Updated: August 12, 2013 2:20AM



When he scored the lone goal in the Bruins’ sweep-clinching victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins last week in the Eastern Conference finals, defenseman Adam McQuaid ran his Stanley Cup playoffs total to two, which represents double his regular-season output.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has quintupled his regular-season goal total with five in the postseason. Prior to breaking his leg against the Penguins, center Gregory Campbell scored three playoff goals, one shy of his production during the regular season.

The Bruins had to overcome a lack of goals from prime-time offensive players like wingers Tyler Seguin (one goal) and Jaromir Jagr (none) to advance to the Cup Final. The B’s have managed with offensive production from some of the most unlikely sources.

“I think it definitely means a lot. I think it shows that that’s the type of team we are,” center Patrice Bergeron said. “In the playoffs also, it’s something that you need. We’ve often said it’s not about one or two players, it’s always about the team. That’s how we win in the playoffs, that’s how you go far. This year’s no different. It’s the same thing. Different guys scored some big goals for us and made some big plays for us. And that’s how you get to this point.”

Fifteen players scored at least one goal through the B’s first 16 postseason contests. In the case of McQuaid’s game-winner, the Bruins held on to the lead with tight defense. Getting a goal from a player who had scored just seven times in four NHL seasons before this year’s playoffs may have provided the Bruins with an extra jolt of excitement to complete the sweep.

“I think it’s always nice seeing different guys step up and get those big goals because sometimes they kind of hide under the radar, but not getting the praise maybe they deserve with little things,” Seguin said. “So when they get those goals, it’s definitely great to see.”

Said coach Claude Julien: “I think our team really gets excited about those things because we do like sharing the, I guess, glory from game to game, from player to player. It just exemplifies what our group is all about.”

In addition to Boychuk and McQuaid, defensemen Torey Krug (four), Zdeno Chara (two), Matt Bartkowski (one) and Wade Redden (one) have provided goals from the back end. The defense had accounted for 15 of the team’s 50 playoff goals (30 percent) heading into the matchup with the Blackhawks. The number dwarfs the 23 of 127 goals (18 percent) supplied by the blueliners in the lockout-shortened, 48-game regular season.

“It’s great. It really takes a lot of pressure off the forwards,” winger Brad Marchand said about the offense from the defensemen. “I mean, having to go out there and score goals every night, it’s tough sometimes. And I mean when the (defensemen) step up the way they have in the playoffs so far, it’s great for us.”



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