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Chara sparks power play as Bruins beat Detroit, stay undefeated

Oct 5, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

For one night, Boston looked mighty good with the man advantage — and they had the big guy to thank.

That was the story at TD Garden on Saturday as the Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-1 on the strength of a dynamic-looking power play, led by defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Chara was an big net-front presence as Boston went 2-for-4 on the man advantage. The 6-foot-9 rearguard provided a nice screen on Torey Krug‘s game-opening PP goal, then notched one himself in the third period on a great skill play:

Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron also scored for Boston on the night, pushing the Bruins to a perfect 2-0-0 on the year.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the lone goal for the Wings, who are now 2-1-1.

The big story on the night, though, was the play of Chara on the PP. Boston’s been criticized heavily over the last few seasons for its poor production with the man advantage, and that narrative looked like it would carry into the 2013-14 season when the B’s went 0-for-3 on the power play in the season opener against Tampa.

Boston also managed seven shots on the power play all told, a pretty solid total. The goal now will be for the B’s to carry that production over to Thursday’s game against Colorado.

  1. amityvillefun - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Great game by the B’s. This game sets the tone for the series between these two teams. Tons of respect for the Wings, but the Bruins were the better team tonight. Big Z ‘s backhand was filthy!

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I understand the big story being Chara, since its so strange to see, but how about Torey Krug’s impact not only on the powerplay, but overall. Both powerplay goals were of his doing, and he got multiple chances throughout the night on the rush.

    I’ve been pumping this kids tires, but damn, for an undrafted free agent to come in during the playoffs and do what he did, and then prove it wasn’t a fluke by becoming the quarterback for what was the worlds worst power play, and turning it into something worth talking about again is pretty amazing.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      Haha, the kid scores and gets an assist, and can’t even get his name on the “Tags” at the bottom of the post with the likes of Jordan Caron. It might take a few months, but this kids name is going to end up becoming household soon enough.

  3. itsallniceonice - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Best 5 on 5 team and a top 3 PK. Add on even a decent PP and boy this team will be scary.

  4. sabatimus - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    How Abdelkader wasn’t given 5 or ejected for a leaping cross-check to the head of Brad Marchand is beyond me.

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