NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards months ago named the Boston Bruins’ second power play unit the “Peach Fuzz Power Play” because of the youthful trio of David Krejci, Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic who stalk the front of the net for the quintet. Little did he know that injuries would eventually cause Bruins head coach Claude Julien to stick rookie Matt Hunwick at the point opposite Dennis Wideman in the spot normally filled by veteran Andrew Ference.
In Saturday night’s win over Florida, that unit — with Wideman the oldest member at 25 — scored the Bruins’ second goal of the game when Kessel wristed one home. Throughout the contest, the “Even Fuzzier Peach Fuzz Power Play” showed almost no signs of its youth and inexperience.
“You look at who’s out there, they’re young guys, but Krejci – who’s been amazing since Day One – and Phil is scoring goals on a regular basis as well. And whether it’s Looch or sometimes Ryder out there, and on the back end Hunwick and Wideman. You just look at the type of player that they all are, they’re quality players and right now they have a lot of confidence,” said Julien. “At the beginning of the year, they were the power play that was scoring the most goals of the two. They keep it simple, they make it efficient by doing what they’re told to do, instead of complicating things, and that helps.”
Wideman thought it was funny that he’s the elder statesmen of the second power play unit, but he’s more than thrilled that he’s been part of one of the Bruins’ strongest elements this season.
“We’ve got a couple younger guys out there and we know our job is we’re usually coming out second and late on the power play. We’ve got to get it in fast and get as many shots at the net as we possibly can,” Wideman explained.
Wideman also complimented the unit’s two most dynamic performers.
“Phil and Krejci are doing a great job. Krej is probably one of the strongest guys on the puck that we have. You think you’re going to get him off and he doesn’t really push that hard but you just can’t seem to knock him off the puck. And then Phil’s obviously got a pretty good shot, he’s really fast, and they work it around pretty good.”