Missed power play opportunities the downfall of Bruins in Red Wings win

BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston Bruins failed to become the third professional New England sports team to mount a outstanding comeback late into a game this weekend, falling to the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 at the TD Garden.

The Bruins had their fair share of chances to score in Monday afternoon’s game but failed to convert on most of them. Going 0-for-5 on the power play and failing to score on special teams was the key factor in the Bruins loss.

The best chance for the Bruins to score came in the second period. While trailing the Red Wings, 3-1, the Bruins found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play. However, after the 1:53 5-on-3 power play was complete, the Bruins still found themselves trailing, 3-1.

Prior to the game Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien stated he thought his team was over-passing on the power play and need to shoot the puck more.

“We’re not finishing,” said Julien following the game. “The scoring chances are there, if we score than we are not even talking about over-passing.”

“I think we’re moving the puck fairly well,” said Julien. “The main thing on the power play is you’ve got to score and we’re not doing that.”

The Bruins have only converted on 2-of-19 (10.5%) power plays early on the 2013-14 season.

Although the Bruins missed out on great power play opportunities, they also had their fair share of chances with even strength. “[The Red Wings] did a great job of blocking shots and taking away those second and third opportunities,” said Milan Lucic. “I thought we played hard, I thought we generated a lot but like I said it comes down to getting on those rebounds and second and third shots and hopefully we can get better at that.”

Lucic was one of the fortunate Bruins to convert on a chance Monday afternoon. The Bruins forward tallied a goal with 1:20 left in regulation to give the team a fighting chance to win the contest. However, a 6-on-5 chance with the Tuukka Rask pulled for the extra skater wasn’t enough.

The Bruins hope the can get better at finishing their opportunities in Florida on Thursday against the Florida Panthers and on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Justin Soderberg is a Northeast Hockey Reporter for Inside Hockey, he also covers the UMass Lowell River Hawks for View from 123. Follow him on Twitter, connect with him on Facebook or add him to your circle on Google+.

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