Don’t look now but the Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton forward line is the most dominant grouping of forwards in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring.

The trio has obviously tasted postseason success before at the highest levels, but they had one of their best playoff performances since coming together as a trio in Boston’s 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre. Monday night’s game was supposed to be about the Leafs hosting their first playoff game in nine years, and perhaps giving their tortured fan base a little hope they might be close to their first Stanley Cup in 47 years.

But instead Krejci, Lucic and Horton stomped all over the Leafs postseason party, and turned the game into a well-rounded team effort that featured their awesome destructive power. The three forwards combined for eight points and a plus-9 rating, and accounted for three of the team’s five goals in a win that gives them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

That gives them five of the 11 goals the Bruins have scored in three playoff games vs. the Leafs, or 45 percent of the B’s offense thus far.

“They’re the engine that’s getting us going,” said Rich Peverley. “They’re playing pretty good. Horton and [Lucic] are playing awesome right now, and they are fun to watch once they get going.”

Clearly “fun” is a subjective term depending on who is being asked. The scorch marks all over Dion Phaneuf’s body from being continually torched in the defensive zone couldn’t have been all that much fun for him. Certainly Joffrey Lupul wasn’t basking in the “fun” when Lucic trucked him in the corner with a devastating second period that was No. 17 at his best.