Bruins power play still 0-for-season on TD Garden ice

Bruins power play still 0-for-season on TD Garden ice
March 1, 2013, 9:30 am
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BOSTON -- “We are still searching. It’s not really clicking for us, we are still finding out what lineups are going to be out there. We do a good job at times but I don’t think our power play is consistent enough. When you play top teams it’s nice if you can take advantage of those chances.”

Which one of the Bruins players was this speaking about the much maligned Black and Gold power play?

Well, it was actually Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson speaking about his own man advantage, but it could have very easily been one of Boston’s team leaders talking about their special teams’ failure.

What more can be said about the Bruins faulty power play that hasn’t already been said in exasperated tones?

The Boston man advantage went 0-for-3 in Thursday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators and did nothing to help the Bruins in the momentum department despite three chances to help in a defensive battle.

So now the Bruins power play has gone 0-for-26 this season on TD Garden ice and has gone through the first six weeks of the NHL season without seeing any results.

“We did a bit of a good job, but they also did the same thing they did well on 5-on-5: they kept us to the outside,” said Patrice Bergeron. “We need to be better at jumping on them.

“[Not having a power play goal at home] is actually something I hadn’t even heard about. But we’re not going to put any emphasis on it because that will just make things worse. We know that we need to be better.”

The Bruins did generate nine shots on net in the three power play possessions, so that’s a positive piece of production. But there were sloppy passes and an inability to keep the puck in the offensive zone, and Chris Bourque took an ill-conceived interference call that wiped out almost a minute of power play time in the second period.

Tyler Seguin and David Krejci had chances to walk in closer to the net and get aggressive with shots at the Ottawa goaltender, but both players opted for harmless passes around the perimeter of the formation instead. That’s a passive mindset on the PP that needs to be changed.

At this point it’s pretty clear the Bruins coaching philosophy on the power play isn’t going to change, the Bruins personnel utilized on the power play isn’t going to change demonstrably and there isn’t a cure all kind of PP specialist walking through the TD Garden door via a trade.

The only answers to the B’s power play questions are the ones that Chara, Peverley, Marchand, Bourque, Seguin, Horton, Krejci, Lucic, Hamilton and Bergeron will provide by executing on the home power plays at a far better rate then they have thus far.

Because Boston’s record of PP success on home ice this year is 100 percent nonexistent.