Friday, October 15, 2010
No need to worry about the power play
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- It’s too early to worry about special teams.
Just because the Boston Bruins’ special teams struggled a bit in the first two regular-season games against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague last weekend, Bruins coach Claude Julien isn’t about to reconstruct his power-play unit because of its lack of production in such a small sample size after Boston went 1-for-8 on the man-advantage.
“We had some opportunities we didn’t quite finish the way we wanted to, but I wouldn’t jump all over the power play and say it hasn’t been good more than it hasn’t had the results,” Julien said.
Julien used all sorts of different combinations on the power play because he believes the team has the depth to do so in certain situations. In fact, the power play is one of the top priorities during practice and the Bruins spent time on it again this week.
“I think we have to give it a little bit of time here before we jump all over the special teams,” Julien said.
The Bruins ranked 23rd in the league last season on the power play.