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08:25 AM ET 06.03 | Statistically, the Boston power play is on the road to becoming the Bruins' fatal flaw, though you wouldn't know it from talking to their head coach. The Bruins' power play is operating at just 7 percent efficiency in the postseason and has converted on only one of its last 20 chances. Attempting to rectify that, the Bruins have been using Zdeno Chara in front of the net. It seems to have helped, even though there have been few tangible results. "I think they beat us at the five-on-five game," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I think our special teams were good if not better than theirs, to be honest with you. We had more scoring chances on our power play. Special teams wasn't an issue, but five-on-five they were no doubt a better team."

The Boston Globe

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June 3, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Vraiment Claude? Going 0-for-6 in a 1-0 sure doesn't help.

June 3, 2011  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Vraiment Claude? Going 0-for-6 in a 1-0 loss sure doesn't help.

Oops...

June 3, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Note to Clod: You can't win, if you don't score.

June 3, 2011  08:50 AM ET

Ok...so the PP can't score but not to worry...
Ok...so Clod admits that the Canucks are better 5 on 5...(Bruin strength)
Thomas is going to be told to stop clipping forwards...
and Chara can make Greg Louganis look like a gayy diver...??? Ok, next.

Anyone else think this is going to be close?
No.
I think the Canucks were just a tad off on their timing in game one after the layoff...should be better on Saturday.
And a good morning to Bono too.

June 3, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Hmmmm first game 1-0 and 18.5 seconds away from OT, yes, I think that bodes well for a close series. Yes the Bruins' PP has been pathetic at best, but it has been that way through three rounds and they are still in the final. I think both teams had spurts, good and bad, 5-5, and disagree that the Bruins were outplayed.....and that is, the Bruins sole advantage (at least statistically). Chara in front of the net could work, he should switch to a slightly shorter stick when playing PP though, Kaberle for puck control and passing and Boychuck booming "Johnny Rockets" at the points and Horton and Seguin sniping from the half boards.

June 3, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Sequins has done nothing since his 4 pt outbreak as a surprise start but has since been shut down after the scouts have looked at him. Bruins may take a game in the Toronto Dominion Center...but figure this for 4-1 Vancouver.

June 3, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think the Canucks were just a tad off on their timing in game one after the layoff...should be better on Saturday.And a good morning to Bono too.

That's the way I saw it too. Things can change, but it looked like the Nucks were a little out of sync, especially early on. As the game wore on the they started clicking, put some pressure on and got a couple breakaways. Boston has to tighten down on defense, but I still don't think they'll be able to stop the Nucks.

June 3, 2011  09:28 AM ET

PP might not be THE problem.................but, its a problem

June 3, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sequins has done nothing since his 4 pt outbreak as a surprise start but has since been shut down after the scouts have looked at him. Bruins may take a game in the Toronto Dominion Center...but figure this for 4-1 Vancouver.

Seguin's production has dropped off, yes, but the kid still has skills. OK, so replace him with Ryder on the PP. I still see a 6 or 7 game series with Boston drinking from the Cup in the end.

June 3, 2011  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

PP might not be THE problem.................but, its a problem

According to B's fans it's not a problem Slappy, it's an "opportunity to adjust."

June 3, 2011  09:31 AM ET

...or Marchand...that kid can move a puck and skate, knows his defensive responsibilities (most of the time), and maybe even instigates the Canned Ducks into taking an additional 2

June 3, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Seguin's production has dropped off, yes, but the kid still has skills. OK, so replace him with Ryder on the PP. I still see a 6 or 7 game series with Boston drinking from the Cup in the end.

You can get that fixed in about an hour at Lenscrafters.

June 3, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

You can get that fixed in about an hour at Lenscrafters.

Naw, it should take a week or two.

June 3, 2011  10:30 AM ET

Vancouver won the first game in 1994 as well. Not sure how the Rangers PP was in that game though. A lot of series left.

June 3, 2011  10:43 AM ET

Chara back to point. He has to shoot the puck. Granted it takes him forever to get a shot off but he has to shoot the puck. It's just about the only PP weapon they have.

June 3, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Vancouver won the first game in 1994 as well. Not sure how the Rangers PP was in that game though. A lot of series left.

The closer they get before they lose makes it better.

While I want the frenzy to end, losing is the main thing.

June 3, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Chara back to point. He has to shoot the puck. Granted it takes him forever to get a shot off but he has to shoot the puck. It's just about the only PP weapon they have.

Forever?

I think Montreal changed their PK during his windup.

June 3, 2011  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

The closer they get before they lose makes it better.

While I want the frenzy to end, losing is the main thing.

Hold on to your **** Hank....it could be a very long year.

June 3, 2011  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Chara back to point. He has to shoot the puck. Granted it takes him forever to get a shot off but he has to shoot the puck. It's just about the only PP weapon they have.

I disagree, Chara screening in front with a shorter stick would be more effective. Boychuk can bring it pretty hard too, leave him on point with Kaberle. Shots high to blocker side. Luongo was reacting and dropping into butterfly at the sound of the shot almost every time with Chara in front of him, he couldn't actually see the shot. Bruins were driving in low shots, however, and Luongo would stop them.

 
June 3, 2011  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

I disagree, Chara screening in front with a shorter stick would be more effective. Boychuk can bring it pretty hard too, leave him on point with Kaberle. Shots high to blocker side. Luongo was reacting and dropping into butterfly at the sound of the shot almost every time with Chara in front of him, he couldn't actually see the shot. Bruins were driving in low shots, however, and Luongo would stop them.

id say boychuk and bergeron on the point with chara screening...rather have bergy or krecji controling the puck than karberle..

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