BOSTON — Fears that a Bruins power-play unit featuring Zdeno Chara and Mark Recchi manning the points would turn into a festival of shorthanded odd-man scoring chances against didn’t materialize Wednesday against Montreal.
In fact, the quintet with Recchi, Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and David Krejci did well to keep the heat on the Canadiens, and they’ll probably get a chance to do the same against Detroit tonight at TD Garden.
Boston’s other new-look power play unit — with Dennis Seidenberg, Steven Kampfer, Gregory Campbell, Brad Marchand, Michael Ryder — even used the momentum the first group built to score a goal off Ryder’s stick and snap a five-game power-play-goal drought.
Recchi has played the point over numerous stretches of his career, including a little bit earlier this season for Boston. While he’s most comfortable making his presence felt in front of the net with tip-ins and shots off rebounds, he says moving out to the blue line doesn’t require a major overhaul of his game.
“It’s not a big adjustment really,” said Recchi after today’s morning skate in preparation for the Red Wings game. “It’s just being smart and getting the pucks in their hands and moving my feet really. I enjoy it; it’s something different.”
The other different part of that power play group is Bergeron moving to the half wall, rather than manning a point as he had for much of this season. The versatility of many of Boston’s players has allowed the coaches to shake things up, and allows the guys on the ice to make more different things happen.
“If we get rotating around, if we get cycling, if I’m down in front I know Bergy will be back there. Bergy’s smart enough where he’s going to cover and he’s going to be smart. So we want to get a lot of movement, that’s important,” Recchi said. “[Don’t be] stagnant, jump in the holes and hopefully we can create some room for guys, 2-on-1 people and hopefully we can keep things going.”