Power play sputters after smooth start

BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien enjoys nothing more than talking about the power play.

Well, not really. But the special teams unit has shown signs of improvement this season. At least it did during training camp and the first two games of the season.

During Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, however, the Bruins went 0-for-5 on the PP, including a two-man advantage for 1:54.

“We’re getting chances, but we’re not burying them and at the end of the day if you want your power play to be successful we’ve got to score goals,” Julien said.

Boston’s power play ranked 26th in the league last season, but with the additions of defenseman Torey Krug and forwards Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson, the Bruins’ power play has been a bit stronger in the early going this season.

Boston went 2-for-7 in the first two games, but has gone 0-for-12 the last three games.

“We didn’t score goals and that’s what we’re judged on,” Krug said. “They can say we had great puck movement, but that doesn’t matter because our job is to score goals and get momentum for our team. They did a good job of blocking shots. I had a few blocked myself and I’ve got to do a better job of getting pucks to the net. We’ve got to score goals.”

Boston had a golden opportunity when it gained a two-man advantage for 1:54 at 4:56 of the third period. The Bruins failed to capitalize on the power play.

“It’s a 5-on-3 that we’ve practiced and it’s worked well when we’ve put them together,” Julien said. “There were some chances there, but some of our guys who are good shooters probably aren’t shooting as well as we’d like them to be, so that kind of explains a little bit why we’re not putting the puck in the net on our power play. It seems to be a team thing right now where we’re fighting to score goals.”