BOSTON -- Last spring the Bruins got away with a dreadful power play and won the Stanley Cup. No such luck in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, as the Bruins wasted three power plays in Game 7 -- including one in the final two minutes of regulation -- and eventually it cost them, losing in overtime 2-1 to the Capitals to end their dreams of repeating as Stanley Cup champions. They finished the series 3-for-21, and after the game, head coach Claude Julien acknowledged that last failed power play was a back-breaker.
“When you talk about tonight, that’s probably the most frustrating part of our game, was that power play that could have ended the series and the game,” Julien said of the power play they had thanks to a penalty on Jason Chimera at 17:34 of the third period. “But, I guess, when you look at the whole picture, I think it was more than that. At the end of the series, you look at their team, and you look at ours, and they were the better team. They had more guys going than we did, and they played us tough. It was unfortunate that we’ve got to look at this one incident because it did play a big role in tonight, but a lot of the damage had been done before that as well.”
The Bruins' power play was better in the regular season, ranked 15th in the NHL and scoring at a 17.2 percent clip, but it will definitely be addressed again in the offseason.