June 18th, 2013 by

Bruins’ penalty kill up to the task in Game 3

Bruins’ penalty kill up to the task in Game 3

At the end of the regular season, the Bruins’ penalty kill had taken a hit, and the team suffered as a result. In the postseason, the penalty kill is back up to speed.

Through 19 postseason contests, the Bruins are 55-of-62 on the penalty kill with a success rate of 87.1 percent. But the last two rounds against the Penguins and Blackhawks prove why it has one of the team’s strengths throughout Claude Julien’s tenure.

Dating back to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bruins have killed 27 straight penalties. And on Monday night, even though the Blackhawks’ power play issues were front and center, the Bruins penalty kill was up to task again in their 2-0 victory in Game 3.

“Our guys are understanding of one thing: this is a team,” Julien said about the penalty kill. “When it attacks, it attacks with four, never three. They’ve got such great skaters back there on the fence that if we don’t do what we’re doing right now, we don’t stand a chance.”

The relentless shorthanded attack continued on Monday as the Bruins killed all four of the Blackhawks’ power plays. Through the first three games of the series, they are a perfect 11-for-11 on the penalty kill.

With Shawn Thornton serving a roughing penalty late in the first, the Bruins’ shorthanded unit took control. Both Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand had chances on a breakaway, while the Bruins’ D got into the passing lanes and allowed very little room for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and company.

That sequence is a perfect example of the Bruins staying disciplined.

“We’ve said it a lot, it’s about trusting the system and making sure we have layers and we communicate on the ice,” said forward Patrice Bergeron, who tallied his seventh goal of the playoffs at 14:05 of the second period (on the power play).

“I think we definitely got to do that a little more against them. They have so much talent and great transition. There’s some room to get better, but obviously we’ve got to feed off that system and do it to a ‘tee’.”

Of course, it also helps to have Tuukka Rask between the pipes. The Finnish netminder had 28 saves – five of them coming on the penalty kill – for his third shutout of the postseason.

“I think we try to stay compact in our zone,” said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who was the recipient of the army ranger jacket as the player of the game. ”Then, there’s Tuukka. He’s always there to make that save, and we try to clean up for him to get the rebound or for us to clean it up.”

Throughout the night, the 17,565 at TD Garden were appreciative of the Bruins’ effort on the penalty kill, often times getting a standing ovation from the sellout crowd.

That energy from the Bruins fans is something the Black and Gold certainly appreciates.

“It’s always great when the crowd acknowledges things like that, and I thought everyone did a great job killing penalties,” said Chris Kelly. “And your best penalty killer needs to be your goaltender and he was again tonight.”

Share "Bruins’ penalty kill up to the task in Game 3" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Playoff Central
Jul 30, 3 days ago

Bourque’s eager to expand North Shore hockey

With the eighth overall pick in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins selected a 19-year-old Canadian defenseman named Raymond Jean Bourque. After accumulating over 1,100 assists over his 22-year NHL career, the Hall of Fame defenseman tallied …

Jul 24, 1 week ago

Throwback Thursday Top 10: Bergy’s Best

As one of the more beloved athletes in Boston, Patrice Bergeron has had his share of memorable moments in his 10-year career. In honor of his birthday today, we’ll take a look at Bergeron’s best highlights as a member of the Bruins. Witho…

Jul 24, 1 week ago

Bruins sign David Warsofsky; add Joe Sacco to coaching staff

The Bruins had themselves a busy Thursday as they came to terms with restricted free agent defenseman David Warsofsky on a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000. The former Boston University Terrier and Marshfield, Massachusetts native skated in six …