BOSTON — With a reconfigured power play that might make some people think the Bruins coaching staff religiously reads TheBruinsBlog.net (see Friday’s column), the Bruins made short work of Calgary today at TD Garden, 5-0.
The Bruins scored on their first three power-play opportunities to end an 0-for-22 drought. For a complete recap, log on to Yahoo!
Boston’s new-look man-advantage featured Milan Lucic in front of the net on a unit with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler up front and Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk manning the points. The other unit, which scored the game’s first goal, featured Dennis Wideman and Dennis Seidenberg (Wides and Sides) on the points with Mark Recchi, Marco Sturm and Patrice Bergeron — Boston’s top 5-on-5 line — up front.
“Sometimes a little switch … and obviously our line has been together almost the whole year. So it was pretty easy just for us to get together and make a power-play unit and hopefully we can continue to go,” said Recchi, who assisted on the game’s first goal and scored an even-strength goal later. “And Krej and their unit did a great job. Obviously, it’s an important thing power play, so …”
Seidenberg, Krejci and Chara scored the power-play goals with the traffic in front.
“Well, you need that,” Chara said. “Any time you have a man advantage, if you don’t use it then obviously it’s not going to work for you. On those goals we had some screens and good traffic in front and made it really hard for their goalie to see the puck so it was just a great job.”
Of course, the other side of the coin with the personnel shifts meant Michael Ryder and Miroslav Satan were limited in their ice time. They did little at even strength to warrant a return to the power play, as Ryder didn’t manage a shot on net in 10:04 of ice time and Satan fired just one on goal in 13:09.