For about 20 minutes prior to the full squad taking the TD Garden ice for practice, the Bruins’ power play went through some more plays and break-ins. If Boston has any chance against Philadelphia in the upcoming Eastern Conference semifinal series, which starts Saturday, it will have to do better than the 0-for-21 the man-advantage produced against the Canadiens.
Just like in Game 7, Tomas Kaberle and Johnny Boychuk were paired at the points. But up front was David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and a rotation of Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder. The other quintet featured Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg on the points, with Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, and a Rich Peverley/Brad Marchand rotation up front.
The Bruins could maybe take some solace in knowing they went 4-for-12 in the regular season on the power play against the Flyers.
“The power play’s struggling a little bit, but now we’re starting again,” said Krejci. “Obviously the people’s going to be talking about we were 0-for-20-something the first round. But it’s a new series. Everything starts from zero, so hopefully we can get more goals.”
The Bruins can also take solace in the fact that the Flyer’s penalty kill had some struggles against Buffalo, as the Sabres went 7-for-31 in their seven-game first-round series.