BOSTON — The Bruins’ power play generated little offense during the second half of the club’s recent five-game road trip, and a return home didn’t change Boston’s struggles on the man-advantage.
The Bruins were 0-for-4 with just four shots on goal on the power play en route to a 3-1 loss to Minnesota tonight at TD Garden.
Marc Savard’s gaffe on a clearing attempt led to Cal Clutterbuck’s go-ahead goal 2:22 into the third period, and a questionable penalty on Shawn Thornton in the second period led to Martin Havlat scoring for the Wild earlier. But make no mistake — the Bruins’ power play and lack of a sustained attack cost them this game.
“We seem for whatever reason we are on the power play and have good movement going to the top and we wait to take the shot,” said Savard, who had his 5-on-5 ice time taken away for about a 10-minute chunk of the third period. “We move the puck to the next guy and he takes the shot and it is blocked. For whatever reason it is just not happening.”
Here’s a glance at the box score:
•You can’t hang this one on Tuukka Rask, who starred while making his third straight start with 31 saves on 33 shots.
•Defenseman Steve Kampfer scored his third goal of the season. He now has three goals in his last five games.
•With an assist tonight, Tyler Seguin now has three points in his last three contests.