Power-play struggles strike B's again

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins were able to win the 2011 Stanley Cup despite an anemic power play, but it seemed head coach Claude Julien had to answer a question about his team’s failure to score on the man-advantage after every game, win or lose.

It could be a case of déjà vu in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs as once again Boston pulled off a victory without a power-play goal, going 0-for-4 in their 1-0 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 1.

Following the game, Julien found himself in a familiar position he at the podium, explaining why the Bruins' power play couldn’t light the lamp.

“You’re right, it was asked a lot. So, probably a little bit too much,” Julien said with a laugh when reminded of the recurring question last spring. “We talked about that. We’re, our guys weren’t seeing much tonight. There was some openings we could have used, and we were dusting the puck a little bit too much versus shooting it, and, you know, when we made some of those passes, some of those guys should have ripped a shot right way, and instead, we stopped and we started looking for another play. It’s unfortunate, because at practice this week, I thought our guys were moving the puck well, and they were finding the openings that we didn’t find tonight. So, we’ll keep working on that and hopefully make it a better situation because there’s no doubt, if we don’t win the game tonight, we’d be talking a lot about that being the reason that we lost.”

During the regular season, the Bruins were 43-for-250 on the power play (17.2 percent, but the playoff hex seemed to be on when they had the extra attacker in Game 1. They failed to convert on a 4-minute power play in the first period, and a 4-on-3 and 5-on-4 in the second. In a 0-0 game with the Bruins controling most of the play, the power play could’ve broken the game open.

“We had some good opportunities but we need to improve and I’m sure we’ll be going over it because that could’ve given us a cushion,” forward Brian Rolston said. “It would’ve been nice to get that going because a bit of a cushion would’ve been nice.”