BOSTON — It’s so easy to just blame Tomas Kaberle for all that’s ailed the Bruins’ impotent power play in the regular season and playoffs.
Entering tonight’s do-or-die Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden, the Bruins’ power play is a putrid (avert your eyes) 8-for-82 (9.8 percent).
Sure Kaberle, the would-be savior, assumes some of the blame for Boston’s man-advantage struggles. But what about some of the team’s other top offensive performers? Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci … they’re all out there too and under-performing.
Krejci, in particular, has been a major disappointment on the power play. Last season, he produced 14 points (six goals) on the man-advantage. In the season prior, he racked up 19 power-play points, including five goals.
This year, with more opportunity to put up numbers in the absence of usual power-play quarterback Marc Savard, Krejci’s production collapsed. He scored just one power-play goal as part of his 12 points in the regular season. In the playoffs, he’s matched that goal total but added just two assists to his ledger.
“I don’t know, this year I have been better 5-on-5 and it’s just reversed. I guess I am more of a shooter right now,” said a baffled Krejci. “I don’t need to come out to make a play. But it is what it is. We’re in the final, I don’t care if the power play is good or not. We are in the final and all that matters is tonight.”
The Bruins might not be in the final for long unless they can find a power play that at least pressures Vancouver, if it doesn’t score. Krejci will probably have to be in the thick of it for the power play to produce.