Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Power play a work in progress
By Joe McDonald
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The Boston Bruins held an hour-long practice this morning in preparation for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at Bell Centre.
Prior to the full practice, coach Claude Julien decided it would be best to work on the power play, so both units were on the ice early.
The Bruins are 0-for-12 in that category this series.
“We haven’t scored, but we need to get this thing going and hopefully better,” Julien said. “We also understand that in the playoffs the PKs have been trumping the power plays. We’ve done a pretty good job against Montreal’s [power play].”
Julien explained a team can learn its opposition’s tendencies during a playoff series.
“They take away that one-time shot for the most part,” explained Bruins forward Mark Recchi. “You’ve got to be able to make movements. You’ve got to have 2-on-1 people all over the ice and you’ve got to go at people and create 2 on 1s. If you do that, you’re going to be better off and eventually things open up for [Chara’s] shot. But you’ve got to show them you can do other things before they’ll start respecting other areas.”