Just as they struggled during the regular season to find their game, their production and some way to really contribute to the Bruins team effort to win hockey games, the third line is again struggling for Boston in the playoffs.

Whether it’s been Jaromir Jagr, Kaspars Daugavins or Tyler Seguin skating with center Chris Kelly, the third line has been hard-pressed to muster any offense while simply trying to keep the opposition from scoring on them. The only Bruins forwards in the minus during the playoffs are third liners are Kelly is a team-worst minus-5 with zero points in nine postseason games, and only eight shots on goal in those nine Stanley Cup playoff games.

Rich Peverley has a goal, but is a minus-3 as well and both Seguin, currently skating on the right wing for the third line, and Jagr are a minus-2 in the early stages of the second round of the playoffs.

“Our fourth line continues to do a good job of fore-checking and sustaining that attack which you’re talking about. Our third line, I’m not saying is an issue, but it’s probably, of the four, the one that you want to see improve the most,” said Claude Julien prior to Sunday afternoon’s Game 2, where they once again put up a goose egg. “I think Rich [Peverley] has been skating a lot better. That line in itself certainly has the ability to give us some scoring opportunities, so hopefully that will come, just like the Bergeron line did.”

Now it’s to the point where the fourth line is getting more ice time in the series against the Rangers, and kicking in with the occasional goal through hard work and tenacity. That’s a nice roadmap for the third line to get back into form, and that’s what they’re trying to do.

“You can always be better,” said Chris Kelly. “We don’t want to complicate things. We’re a pretty simple team. We’ll do anything that we can do to help out. As long as the team is winning, that’s the big thing.”