Thursday, June 2, 2011
Power play comes up empty again
By James Murphy
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- While the Bruins kept the Canucks from scoring on any of their six power-play chances in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, the Bruins also went 0-for-6, and their failure to cash in on the man-advantage cost them a chance to take a very tightly contested game, Vancouver winning 1-0.
The Bruins, who had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:32 early in the second period, are now 5-for-61 on the power play this postseason and it finally appears to be catching up to them. Even so, following another power failure by his team, coach Claude Julien spun some positives by pointing out that the penalty kill did its job.
“I think our power play was better tonight than it had been in a while,” Julien said. “We spent a lot of time, had some shots, had some opportunities had some chances. So we didn’t score and obviously when your power play isn’t doing well, people are going to criticize because it didn’t score. But I think the same thing happened on the other side. And as long as we are able to stay on even terms with them when it comes to special teams, we’re OK with that.”
But in a very quiet and frustrated Bruins dressing room, some of the players knew their inept power play had cost them a chance to steal Game 1 at Rogers Arena. They acknowledged that with the way the power play is going, the real solution is to stay disciplined and cash in on 5-on-5 chances.
"I think there were a lot of questionable calls on both sides," David Krejci said. "We have to be more disciplined because the refs are going to be calling everything. Our game is to play 5-on-5. That's where we excel and that's how we want to play."
Milan Lucic followed Julien's lead and took a somewhat positive approach.
“We just stick with it and eventually it’s going to go in,” Lucic said. “I think we played hard and all you guys are doubting us, so I think we showed today that we can play with them. We worked hard and played hard and in order to win in this building we’re going to have to play a little harder.”