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Bruins waste early chances on power play

Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: June 11, 2011 8:10 pm

The Boston Bruins couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to further rattle Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, chased a game prior after another lackluster effort.

Boston had three first-period power plays as Raffi Torres (tripping), Henrik Sedin (interference) and Andrew Alberts (roughing) went to the penalty box in the first 14:13 of regulation. The Bruins put six shots on net on those three changes on the extra man, just three more than the Canucks had shorthanded.

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“Tonight was certainly not a good night for a power play,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the Canucks’ 1-0 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night. “It wasn't a good night for our whole team, as far as creating good, quality scoring chances. We had some [chances], but . . . we need to do a lot better [getting] to the front of the net. We had guys, again, there, but on the side. We need to be a little more aggressive in that area than we were tonight.”

Julien further tweaked his power play --- something he’s done throughout both the regular season and playoffs --- to try to create a spark. He previously put 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of the Canucks, which failed to yield much success. In Game 5, he used rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer in attempt to be pest in front of Luongo.

“He’s done a pretty good job in front of the net and he certainly is good at tipping and, obviously, screening,” Julien said. “But, you know, I don't think we're capable of doing much with him in front because we weren't getting the set that we wanted to get in the offensive zone.”

Yes, the Bruins' entries into the zone with the extra man weren’t pretty. The Canucks stacked the blue line and the Bruins often never had a chance to set up and if they did, a hurried shot that was easily swallowed up by Luongo followed. Luongo, who had given up 12 goals in 58 shots in Games 3-4, hasn’t had a bad first period in the Finals and the Bruins – despite their power-play chances --- didn’t change that.

Seems to be a theme lately,” said Luongo, who finished with 31 saves for his second shutout of the Finals. “We have to have some big kills in the first period. “ I think it was four straight today or something like that. It was huge. Guys [were] blocking shots and everybody was on the same page. When we do that, it's easier for me to do my job.”

While the Canucks failed to produce on their three power-play chances on Friday to fall 1-for-25 in the series, the Bruins aren’t much better at 3-for-21. There doesn’t seem like there’s much else for the Julien to try, but at some point the Canucks seem to be the more likely team to break out of the slump and that could mean trouble in Game 6.

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Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:06 pm

Bruins waste early chances on power play

Spanky, you probably haven't watched Raymond or Hansen enough.  When the ice is good (unlike in Boston) they are the 2 fastest skaters in the series.  Seguin burns and will get a bit faster, though.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:13 am

Bruins waste early chances on power play

Guys, give credit to Vancouver they played great, there offense is better than Bostons, and they played physical last night, and for the most part stayed away from the after the whistle crap. I did notice that David Krejci disappeared last night, look for Boston to rebound monday nite! 

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:43 am

Bruins waste early chances on power play

Thomas is standing on his head and the Bruins are clogging things up in front really well.  Tough to get a shot through.  Luongo won that game for the nucks IMO.  Also IMO no one touches Mason Raymond in speed, he leaves Seguin in his dust.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:13 am

Bruins waste early chances on power play

The should have known they where in trouble  when in the first 5 minutes kelly rings one off the post , the bruins didn't show up like they did in Boston long shots no rebounds  , and why isn't Julien playing Sequin every time he is out there the bruins get a scoring chance , he is the youngstest player and prone to make mistake but he is also the fastest skater on both teams

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