Power play dooms Bruins in Game 7

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Power play dooms Bruins in Game 7

BOSTON It seems like the same old, sad story all over again.

The Bruins had their chances on the power play in their playoff run, but it was filed under the team liability category rather than considered anything close to something the hockey club could gather strength from. The Bruins finished 0-for-3 on the power play in the 2-1 overtime loss in Game 7 to the Capitals at TD Garden, and finished the best-of-seven series in a 2-for-23 funk that once again exposed a pathetic man advantage.Thats altogether too familiar after the Bruins went a hapless 0-for-21 in the man advantage against the Montreal Canadiens last season. They were able to move forward with some Game 7 heroics against the Habs in that series, but the reigning Stanley Cup champs werent quite so lucky this time around.

Boston managed only four shots during the three power play chances against the Capitals in Game 7, and the many wasted man advantage opportunities loom a little larger in a series where each of the seven games was decided by a single goal in the margin of victory.Its obvious that we had to be better on the power play and we didnt do that -- at least create some momentum out of it, said Patrice Bergeron, in a lament thats become standard for the Bruins during the playoffs over the last two years. I dont think we did that tonight. But, more than that I think its about especially Game 7, you have to find ways.Part of Bostons issue is the lack of legitimate goal-scoring snipers on the power play, but the Bruins need to keep their special teams from becoming a liability. A struggling team can sometimes derive energy from a dangerous power play, and thats seemingly not an option for a group of players that seem to be waiting around for a big Zdeno Chara shot from the point way too often.

The best part: the Bruins at least started making the kind of adjustments youd hope to see enacted as the series moved along with Tyler Seguin registering the second-most power play ice time in Game 7 after two strong games. Only Rich Peverley had more power play ice among the Bs forwards, but it didnt help matters any as assistant coachBs power play architect Geoff Ward and the Bruins couldnt get the man advantage angle churning during the postseason series. It appears one of the big area needs improvement check mark boxes now that the Bs season is over.

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games with injuries here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major knocks to a key player that will test their depth.

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Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision from the young Sabres attacker. Fedun nailed Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger had to limp back to the bench before leaving the game prior to the end of the first period. He met with doctors on Monday in what was a clear indication that he was out long term rather than short term, and that news was confirmed right after Monday night’s 4-3 OT win over the Panthers. Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg underneath his suit pants. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to an open ice hip check you don’t see very often in today’s NHL, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how much better Beleskey has been playing lately. The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place on this year’s Bruins team, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in the next couple of weeks in his recovery from foot surgery.Beleskey had been remarkably health in Boston during his first two years here prior to the knee issue, and had produced two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in his style of creating bedlam on the ice with high-energy, physical play after a slow start to the season.