Chara quenches Bruins' power-play thirst

BOSTON -- On Tuesday, Nashua's minor league baseball team announced it would be giving away a free Powerade to Silver Knights fans for every ticket they purchased until the Boston Bruins scored a power-play goal in the playoffs. Hopefully for those fans, they purchased tickets before Wednesday's Game 3.

At 18:38 of the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara blasted a shot by Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on a 5-on-3 power play to snap a 0-for-30 drought on the man-advantage. It was Chara’s second goal of the night and frosting on the cake to a dominating 5-1 win by the Bruins, who now hold a commanding 3-0 series lead and can eliminate the Flyers on Friday in Game 4.

“This was definitely an opportunity for us to at least get one and our guys did that,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the power-play goal. “I thought that was important for our team at that time to get that confidence. I thought our power play was actually very good tonight. We hit a post, we had some good scoring chances and, as far as I was concerned, if we work our power play the way we worked it tonight, we’re going to be OK.”

The Bruins had done a solid job of answering the lingering questions about the power play up until Wednesday, but after the game, Chara acknowledged it had become a pressing issue in the dressing room and was weighing on the players’ minds.

“Well, we were maybe at times we were trying too hard,” Chara said. “Maybe at times, we were looking for something better than we had. Maybe combinations of that. But it’s coming, it’s just one of those things that we try different things and it wasn’t working. And sometimes it’s simple things that make a big difference. But also you need a little bit of luck, too. It’s one of those things where you can create a lot of chances and put a lot of pucks on net, but if you don’t have a little bit of luck, then the rebounds go right where [opposing] players are or the pucks don’t get through, then you will not score. So it’s a little bit of that.”

Chara also cautioned that this power-play goal doesn’t mean the Bruins are out of the woods.

“Well, it doesn’t mean that it’s all over now,” Chara said. “We know that we have things to improve on; there are areas we can probably do better at. Nut I thought tonight, and even last game before tonight, we created some good chances -- really good scoring chances. We just needed that bounce. So it’s nice to score.”

Shawn Thornton was happy for the power-play units and is hoping Chara’s strike was a sign of things to come.

“Hopefully, the flood gates are open for those guys now,” Thornton said. “I mean they’ve worked hard and they moved the puck around well. Everybody wants to score, and obviously it’s well-documented, so I’m sure they’re extremely happy.”