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Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:22 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 1:19 am

The Boston Bruins were scoreless on their six power-play chances in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Canucks, including 1 minute, 32 seconds on the two-man advantage.

Boston did get 12 shots in their eight-plus minutes on the power play. When you're grading on the curve that is the Bruins' lowly play with the extra attacker, you call that progress.

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"I think our power play was better tonight than it had been in a while," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We spent a lot of time [in Vancouver's zone], we had some shots, had some opportunities [and] had some chances. We didn't score. Obviously, when your power play isn't doing well, people are going to criticize because you didn't score."

The Canucks' best penalty killer in their Game 1 victory at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night stood between the pipes as Roberto Luongo made 36 saves. The game's lone goal, scored by Raffi Torres with 18.5 seconds left in regulation, came on even strength as neither team took advantage of their respective man-advantage situations.

The Canucks also had six power-play chances, spanning 9:31.

"As long as we're able to stay on even terms with them when it comes to special teams, we're OK with that," Julien said.

The Bruins have had to explain away their lackluster power play all postseason. Boston went scoreless in their first 30 trips to the power play in the playoffs and are only 5 for 67 (7.5 percent) overall.

But getting four minutes of uninterrupted power play time after Daniel Sedin took a high-sticking double minor in the first period when the Bruins could have set the tone went for naught. The Bruins also started the second period on the power play after Vancouver’s Alex Burrows was tagged with an extra roughing minor for biting Boston's Patrice Bergeron, which became a two-man advantage after Kevin Bieksa was called for a high stick.

Boston -- which again put 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of the opposition net -- won most of the faceoffs during the two-man advantage and put four shots on net, but the game remained scoreless.

"That's a very good hockey team over there," Canucks forward Ryan Kesler said. "When they're on the power play, yeah, obviously they don't have that great a percentage, but they're a very good power play and they get a lot of chances. Lou had to make some pretty good saves. After the first couple power plays, we kind of figured out what they were trying to do and we tried to stop it the best we could."

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:12 pm
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Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:20 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

facerake7, The more I think about it, the worse the idea of having Chara camped out in front on the power play seems, and I really wasn't a fan to begin with and continued to think the idea was bad. As a defenseman knows, battling in front of the net is not an easy task. Now, he's spending power play time doing that as well, just with a role reversal. Let your defenseman with the rocket from the point do his thing, and find a forward who's willing to pay a price and make a living as a menace to goaltenders and defenseman carve a spot for himself.

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:12 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

Mr. Moo-Chi, good question on whether Claude is running that PP.  If he is, he should let his assistant take over.  If he isn't, he needs to take over.  I simply don't understand the Chara screen strategy.  Lucic is a big, strong agile body in front of the net and adds a scorer's touch from down low - he's the total package and it's a natural spot for him.  They moved Chara off the point because, for some reason, he wasn't teeing it up like he should.  In previous series, he was mostly just flipping pucks toward the net on the PP and dishing too much.  Basically, he was acting like he didn't want to unload the howitzer (or was told not to).  In any event, Chara is being misused on the PP, so I agree - if they want Kaberle out there, fine.  Let Chara rest up and be ready for the third period.  He's been playing 28+ minutes per night regularly and he's taking punishment in front of the net on the PP.  They are asking too much of him.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:24 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

  With Don Cherry picking the Canucks I'd say the Bruins fate is all but sealed.
 Shocking , that the ultimate Canadian rooter would pick a Canadian team? Don Cherry is a joke. His jackets are louder than AC/DC, his  act is older than Larry King and his xenophobia makes Joe McCarthy seem like Mr. Tolerant.

The Bruins simply need a split.  If they do, this may be a 7-game series.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 6:39 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

      With Don Cherry picking the Canucks I'd say the Bruins fate is all but sealed. They will lose in 6 maybe 5 games. Cherry is never wrong. There is nothing that can be done about the power-play until the season is done. It will continue to be all but hopeless with this line-up. Having Chara in front of the net is not working, they need to scrap that idea as he is getting knocked on his butt, and he is also getting worn down by the contact there, needlessly. The Bruins only hope is Thomas, and he should have had the last game. He cannot put up four games like that back to back, but that is the Bruins only hope. Radical moves need to be made with that power-play. But what moves ? Try putting Boychuck and Seidenberg with Kaberle, or themselves on defense. Give Seguin more power play time. Put Chara back on D and get him to unload the Howitzer and dare the Canucks to  block those. Neeley, and the boys upstairs need to step in here I think.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 6:13 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

My bad for misspelling the name, facerake7.

As bad as their power play is performing, its lackluster performance didn't cost them the game. If Boston wound up winning this game, is this article written? That being said, though I understand Julien's logic in that he's not panicking if his power play doesn't produce, because his PK pitched a shutout, no coach should be "OK" with leaving opportunities on the table, especially a minute and a half 5 on 3 with a fresh sheet of ice. Be proud that your PK just shut down one of the best power plays in the league. Be furious that your own power play is anemic and didn't take advantage.

To any Boston fan, does Julien run the power play, or does he delegate that to one of his assistants? Because from his quote, that Power Play has taken that same personality. "As long as we stay on even terms." With that attitude, why not just keep Chara on the bench during the power play and rest him up since he was looking gassed in the 3rd?

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 5:32 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

facercake7, I have to agree. Chara might actually be "too big" to be an effective screen. He's a fine hockey player, but players who have made a living camping in front of the net have to be as quick and agile as they are tough. He's good but doesn't seem to possess the lightning fast reflexes to be as effective that his size makes him seem like he should be.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:58 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

bosstone you are finsished pack up the beans for a long summer when you give up the only goal of the game with 18 seconds left then you dont belong in the finals if my math is correct i think that is a 40 year drought.......

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:53 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

JETS Fan, my sentiments exactly.  The Bruins are playing 3 d-men on the PP with Chara in front.  Chara has no agility at close range and they were knocking him on his arse.  You need Lucic in the slot and Chara and Seidenberg blasting rockets from the point.  Also, you have to get old man Recchi off the PP.  Waste of time.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:37 pm

Boston gets chances, falters on power play again

Boston lost a road game in the final seconds.
I would say they have a chance. With Tim Thomas they always have a chance.

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