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Bruins coach to power-play critics: Don’t worry about it

Jan 28, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

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If there’s one area of their game that the Boston Bruins need to improve upon going into Monday’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s their power play.

Through four games, Boston has converted on just one of 17 opportunities with the man advantage and have squandered entire two-minute stints without managing a single shot on goal.

Still, Bruins coach Claude Julien isn’t buying into the argument that this is a major cause for concern. If anything, he’s more annoyed that he keeps getting asked about it.

“I thought I’d be able to get away for at least one day without a power play question,” said Julien in a CSN New England. “The results haven’t been there, but I’d say in three of the four games that we moved the puck well, we hit a post and we had a goal disallowed. A lot of stuff has happened.”

His argument runs deeper than that though. He pointed out that the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup last season despite their power-play struggles (the Kings ranked 12th in the playoffs with a 12.8% success rate) and, for that matter, the Bruins won it all in 2011 while faring even worse than the Kings in that regard (Boston converted on just 11.4% of power-play opportunities in 2011).

“We want it to work well, but it’s not the end of the world,” Julien added. “We’re still winning hockey games.”

The Bruins are 3-0-1. As long as they keep excelling in five-on-five situations, it will be easy for Julien to continue to shrug off those kind of criticisms.

  1. capsfan19 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Its so crazy their PP isnt insane. Just pass chara the puck!

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      And break the bones of your players screening the goalie..

  2. akmd1984 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I’ve been arguing for two seasons that they need to set up Seguin on the wing and just feed him one timers for 2 straight minutes a la Tampa and Stamkos. The kid is a gifted scorer that can snipe with the best of them. Let him shoot until his arms fall off.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      That’s where he is

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I’m always amazed that with their talents they can’t put more pucks in the net when given a man advantage.

  4. capesouth - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    It’s not talent so it’s got to be a system or a psychological thing at this point. Dougie as the QB seems to work though. There are flashes of ‘something’ when he is running things from the top of the zone.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    They have never had a good power play under Julien. It just is what it is at this point, unless they bring in a coach and let him have free reign over the PP, it’s going to be terrible.

    • soj83 - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Geoff Ward is the PP coach. I know CJ is the head coach, but most coaches have assistants run special teams.

      One of their big problems on the PP is their first unit. Krejci, Seguin, and Chara work great out there, but Lucic and Horton are just too slow and stationary and Lucic is a terrible passer (any Bruins fan tell you that) they both have good shots. Maybe mixing in Peverly, Kelly, or going with 2 D like Seidenberg or Hamilton with Chara on the first unit would work better. Most of their PP chances have come from the Bergeron, Marchand, Peverly, Bourque, and Hamilton unit, but they only get about 40 seconds a PP while the first unit is well over a minute.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Yes I understand that assistant coaches don’t just wear ear pieces on the bench.

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