Bruins’ Power Play Struggles, But Point Gained

The Boston Bruins went into Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers with the third lowest power play percentage in the league at 10.3%. The only lower ones came from the Rangers, ironically, and the Colorado Avalanche.

Surprisingly enough, Boston also has had the fourth least amount of power play opportunities with 39. Same as Ottawa and Nashville, and teams with less chances include Calgary, Colorado and Anaheim. Only two teams have less goals than them on the man up opportunity, and those are again, New York and Colorado.

Despite this lack of power play (in fact for the last three years they haven’t had one) the Bruins have their best start in franchise history at 8-1-1, and actually scored a power play on Sunday night against Buffalo on Patrice Bergeron’s third period game winner.

They’ve tried the puck moving defensemen with Tomas Kaberle and Joe Corvo, neither worked out. Now they have tried rookie sensation Dougie Hamilton at the point. Zdeno Chara, a defenseman, currently leads the Bruins in power play time on ice at 38 minutes. Chara, who has a heavy shot, is alright to lead in that, but then you get to some of the forwards. How is Chris Bourque tenth on the team in power play time on ice?

David Krejci is second, which also makes sense but Tyler Seguin, arguably the best offensive talent on the team, is in fourth behind Milan Lucic by two minutes. That would be something they need to change.

The Bruins first power play on Tuesday night against the Rangers came on a delay of game from Darroll Powe. However, 41 seconds into it Tyler Seguin took a hooking call, ending the power play and leaving them 0-for-1. Boston would soon be 0-for-2 as they failed to convert again. The third power play saw Chris Bourque back on the unit and they did not score that time either.

The Bruins went to their fourth power play of the night down 3-0 in the third period when Rick Nash took a hooking penalty. They wouldn’t score, but David Krejci would pick up his fourth goal of the season literally one second after it expired. You can’t make this stuff up.

The Bruins wouldn’t score on the PP all night. However, they scored two man up goals with under two minutes left with Tuukka Rask pulled from the net. Still, not power play goals. Again, you cannot make this stuff up. Boston would go on to a shootout. Despite their two man up goals tonight, they still are not able to get off the power play schnide that sees them with the third worst unit in the league.

In the end, the Bruins stole two points from the Rangers, but the power play still needs improvement.

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