BOSTON — The Bruins’ power play might wind up as the biggest villain in this entire playoff run should Boston fail to get the job done in Game 6 or a potential Game 7 against Vancouver in the Stanley Cup Final.
Heading into tomorrow night’s Game 6, the power play has scored just eight times in 82 opportunities, including just three times in 21 chances in the Cup Final.
That 3-for-21 was actually a somewhat respectable 3-for-17 before Boston wasted all four of its man-advantage chances in the 1-0 Game 5 loss. That’s really been the story of not just the postseason but the entire season for the Bruins’ power play — cameo appearances by what could be a Boston weapon, but mostly a lot of ineptitude.
Now there’s just one game, or maybe two, for the Bruins’ power play to not make this summer miserable.
Today the Bruins finished their practice with some power play work, minus Gregory Campbell, whose time on the power play in Game 5 was ill-fated for numerous reasons. Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference manned the points on one group with Michael Ryder and Tyler Seguin rotating on one wing and Mark Recchi and Rich Peverley filling the other forward spots.
The other quintet featured Tomas Kaberle, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
“It comes down to moving your feet. If you’re stationary, you’re easy to knock off the puck, you’re easy to defend against,” explained Peverley about what the Bruins do best in the brief moments their power play is working. “I think if you’re moving the puck quick and you’re moving your feet, you’re hard for them to defend against.”
As for why the power play can’t do that more consistently, Peverley was left without much of an answer — much like the rest of his teammates and his coaches.
“I can’t really figure that out. I think maybe it comes out of we have to stay with what we’re doing and I think most power plays are shooting power plays, most good power plays in the league,” he said. “I think if we have that mentality to shoot first and then maybe get rebounds, maybe that’ll be our first option.”
Anything they try that they haven’t already might be their only hope.