BOSTON -- The power outage continues for the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins need to find a way to score a power-play goal and it needs to happen in a hurry.
Boston was 0-for-5 on the power play against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and is 0-for-17 in the last six games on the man advantage.
To make it worse, the Bruins have scored only three times on the PP in their last 16 games. Overall, Boston is 43-for-255 on the power play this season. With a potential postseason berth looming, the Bruins need to figure it out.
"We need to relax and settle down," said Patrice Bergeron. "We're forcing plays and we're not gaining the zone with authority. It's causing us to run around and we're not in position. It's easier said than done; we just need to go out there and relax. It's huge down the stretch and we need to pick it up."
Once they're able to get the puck in the zone and set up, the Bruins can't find any synergy. This is a sure sign Boston misses its top playmaker in Marc Savard, who's out for the remainder of the season with a Grade 2 concussion. Prior to his season-ending injury, Savard recorded six power-play goals in 41 games.
Bruins coach Claude Julien is spending the necessary practice time in order to work out the major kinks, but nothing seems to be working.
"We're trying," said Julien. "We spent 20 minutes before practice working on it and spent some time afterward."
The Bruins just can't find a way to finish their quality scoring chances.
"That's been frustrating and certainly if we could finish we would have seen a few more goals tonight," said Julien. "Hopefully it's loosening up a little bit. We see things in practice that are encouraging, but we get in the game and we seem tense. Hopefully we can find that part of our game because with the way we struggle to score goals, our power play could be huge for us."