If there has been one weakness for the Boston Bruins in the last couple years, it has been the power play. Anything Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli have tried in the past has not worked. But recently it seems like the Bruins haven figure it out.
The Bruins have scored on the power play in three of the last four games and four of the last six. The Bruins were just 3-for-38 on man advantage before this run. In these six games, the Bruins 4-for-13 on the power play.
But what has changed in the power play? Not much. The same players are still out there most of time and they seem to playing the same formation, But what may be changing is the attitude and getting a break here and there.
Chris Kelly's power play tally on Sunday came as result of a failed shot by Chris Bourque that somehow found it's way to Kelly at the side of the net. Patrice Bergeron's power play goal on Feb. 10 was a result of a friendly bounce off the end boards. The Bruins weren't getting bounces like that early in the season. But now the puck appears to be bouncing in the Bruins favor, which definitely helps the power play's confidence.
When the power play was struggling, you could see it. The Bruins were pressing, taking bad shots and passing when they should have been shooting. But that has changed. The team is looking more and more confidence on the man advantage. They are being smart with the puck and getting shots on net.
According to MassLive.com's Amanda Bruno, the Bruins held a meeting to discuss the power play failures. Whatever was said during that meeting has apparently helped.
Julien has also been trying different players on the power play from time to time. When Kelly scored, he was playing with Chris Bourque and Daniel Paille. Of the three, Bourque is the only one who regularly sees power play time.
Hopefully the Bruins can keep this going. The penalty kill is already one of the best, if not the best in the league. If the power play can catch up, then the Bruins will become even tougher to beat.
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