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    Bruins Power Play far from powerful in loss to Stars

    Anthony Travalgia February 10, 2015

    There’s been a lot of talk recently around TD Garden about the lack of power plays awarded to the Boston Bruins.

    That rang true Tuesday morning after the Bruins wrapped up their morning skate hours before hosting Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars.

    “We didn’t even have a power play last game [Sunday against Montreal]. It’s a subject of something we never see from our team,” said Bruins bench boss Claude Julien. “Exactly, the only power play we have are the ones we have in practice.”

    Well Claude, you got your wish Tuesday night, but sometimes you need to be careful with what you wish for.

    In Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Stars, the Bruins power play went 0-for-3. Those three opportunities with the man advantage included a five-minute major and a four-minute double minor. Not only did the the B’s fail to score on their power plays, they allowed the Stars to score twice while shorthanded.

    Overall, it was a rough night for the Bruins’ power play units.

    “Just sucks, that’s the only word I got,” Bruins’ forward David Krejci said of the results of their power plays. “We’ve been working on it in practices but it’s no good so that’s where we’re at right now.”

    The Bruins have just one power play goal in their last five games. They have had nine chances in that span.

    “I think carelessness is one of them. Lack of… poor work ethic on the power play” Julien said in regards to what is causing issues for the Bruins on the power play.

    “When you looked at even the second goal, you know our coming back and our two guys back there are just flat footed and just kind of lackadaisical and very soft and real disappointing that our power play was like that tonight. We talk about the lack of power plays we get, and tonight we get some and we don’t do anything with it so we only have ourselves to look at and blame ourselves for this, not only the power play but this loss.”

    The Bruins power play is now 20th in the league, converting on 17.6 percent of their chances – a number that is simply not good enough to get the job done.

    Despite the fact that the Bruins failed to capitalize on their power plays, they still had chances to win Tuesday’s contest. Trailing by two to start the second period, the Black and Gold got back in the game thanks to goals by Patrice Bergeron (shorthanded) and Dougie Hamilton. The momentum they got from tying the game didn’t last long as Trevor Daley’s shorthanded goal sank the B’s ship.

    “Yeah, it is something we need to get right and we don’t have much time,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to turn this thing around really quickly. It is unacceptable to be getting scored on twice in one game [shorthanded] obviously in a crucial part of the game. We need to be better.”

    For the first time all year, the Bruins gave up a shorthanded goal. But allowing the Stars to score two shorties in one night put the nail in the coffin.

    Issues that haunted the Bruins in the first few months of the 2014-15 season are starting to come back and haunt them again. The lack of a power play is just one of those issues.

    The Bruins know they need to turn it around and get back to what made them so successful in January.

    “I mean we were—we have to play a full 60 minutes and we have to be sharp in every area of our game and we were not today,” Krejci stated. “If you play better or not—if you play better now or not when we did before it doesn’t really matter we’re still losing games and we’re not playing a full 60 minutes. If you don’t put the full 60-minute effort together then it’s going to be hard to win hockey games in this league.”

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    1. moosehockey February 12, 2015

      Cam & Jeremy ,it is really time to blow this team up they are just too old and slow to compete in this league on a regular basis
      Love the Bruins but this is sad hockey

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