"He did a great job again tonight, and just in that second period, he had some power-play time, and somehow, there was times we should have shot because he was there and we had the shooting lane and we chose to pass," Julien said of Chara's presence in front in Game 6. "And that certainly took away some momentum from our power play. Sometimes it doesn't have to be a big shot; it's just a wrist shot that's got to go through, and with him in front of the net, you're giving yourself a chance. And again he did a great job in front and that's something that we need to hopefully capitalize on with the job he's doing up there, and our guys have to make sure that they shoot the puck a little more. I thought in the second period we stopped shooting the puck, and that really hurt us as well."
More Seguin: While Chara has helped, Julien has other options to try to boost the power play in time to save the Bruins' deepest playoff run since 1991 (when they lost in six games in the Eastern Conference finals to the Penguins). While his play and his minutes have slipped over the past four games since his Game 2 explosion (two goals and two assists), rookie Tyler Seguin has proved that his offensive skills and vision can help the power play. His speed, quick release and big slap shot are all dangerous weapons with the man advantage. After seeing around two minutes of power-play time in Games 2 through 5, Seguin didn't see any in Game 6. That should change in Game 7.
Experienced hand: Mark Recchi has yet to register a point in this series, and knowing the veteran class act he is, he will be the first to tell you that he needs to be better. But even if he doesn't break out of this six-game pointless drought in Game 7, Recchi's presence down low can help the power play. He can maneuver in and around the net, and has never been afraid to take a beating to get a dirty goal in front. With Chara, Horton and Lucic providing the size up front, Recchi could find space on the ice. With his experience and finishing touch, expect him to make the most of it.
Mental games: Finally, when a team goes through such a long slump like the Bruins are going through with their power play, the mental side takes over. It's not so much a matter of lack of skill or ability but battling the tendency to get frustrated and down. The Bruins are arguably the best team left in the playoffs in 5-on-5 play. They move the puck with ease, they fore check, they go to the net, they create and they execute. If there is a way they can find that same confidence on the power play, they will break through.
"I think it's a mindset," Chara said Thursday. "Guys have to be willing to throw more pucks at the net. If everybody's on the same page and everybody's going that way, we've been able to do that before. So we've got to do that again tomorrow."
If the Bruins don't maintain that mindset on the power play in Game 7, they most likely will have plenty of time to think about it Saturday and for the next two weeks as they watch the Lightning face the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. The power play must convert in Game 7 if the Bruins want to move on.
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Ask a question for his next Bruins mailbag here.