Notes: Bruins' power play continues to sputter

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Notes: Bruins' power play continues to sputter

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

MONTREAL The track record isnt great.

The last team to capture a Stanley Cup playoff series without scoring at least one power-play goal was the Detroit Red Wings during a four-game sweep of the Anaheim Ducks in 2003.

Its much more difficult to track down a team that emerged victorious in a six- or seven-game series without a power-play goal. And if the Bruins -- now a pathetic 0-for-19 with the man advantage during their series against the Canadiens -- wind up losing, their failure to convert on the power play will be a big reason why.

Weve got to be a lot better on the PP, said Mark Recchi. Were not getting any sustained pressure to top it off. Were getting one shot or one hit, and its getting blocked down."

The Bruins managed a grand total of two shots on net in their four power plays Tuesday night, and its gotten to the point where theres little puck movement once in the zone and absolutely no creative player movement without the puck to force the Habs penalty killers into unfamiliar territory.

The Bruins seem exceptionally frustrated that they cant get even consistently maintain possession in the offensive zone while skating with the man advantage, and its gotten to the point where perhaps things need to be a little different. The current power-play design isnt surprising anybody, and is certainly not sneaking up on a Montreal team thats seen their power play time and time again over the five years.

Its up to Claude Julien and more specifically assistant Geoff Ward, who's in charge of the power play to start discovering ways to tweak the man advantage, perhaps adding Zdeno Chara to the big bodies down low around the net when things are getting a little rough.

Recchi wasnt biting when asked about potentially switching up the personnel and placing Chara smack dab in front of the net.

Thats not my job," Recchi said. "My job is whatever the coach tells me to go do. Whatever they come up with, well work through it and go there."

Milan Lucic was not given a match penalty for his hit from behind on Jaroslav Spacek that ended with the Bs big left winger's night. He did get a game misconduct and was tossed out of the game.

Claude Julien and the rest of the Bruins didnt want to comment on the incident.

I havent had any chance to really look at it closely, said Julien. You see quick replays here and there, but its something that I need to see here before Im able to comment on that.

Shawn Thornton managed only four shifts and 2:27 of ice time in the first period of Game 6 as the special teams took over. With that in mind, and with a power play thats getting absolutely nothing done, could there be a movement to start playing Tyler Seguin against the Canadiens.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.