A misfiring power play is a touchy topic amongst the Boston Bruins, although head coach Claude Julien has resorted to using huge defenceman Zdeno Chara as a net presence in an attempt to create something by screening the opposing goaltender.

It was first tried late in Game 5 in the Eastern Conference final against Tampa Bay, although not much in the way of tangible results – goals, that is – has been the result.

The Bruins have a miserable 7.5 per cent conversion rate with the man advantage in the playoffs or five goals on 67 chances. In their last six games, they are one-for-20.

It could have been a huge difference-maker in a Game 1 loss by a 1-0 score to the Canucks, as the Bruins couldn't convert on a four-minute power play in the first period and a 1:32 two-man advantage in the second.

But Julien maintained on Thursday that his power play – 20th overall in the regular season – is the subject of some unfair piling on. He pointed out that on the six power plays awarded to his team, there were a number of good chances created – which there were.

"It's amazing just how it's been before, it's being questioned today," said Julien. "I think our power play was very good last night, moving the puck and creating some chances and was even better than Vancouver's, in my mind. We had more scoring chances than Vancouver (also 0-for-6) did on the power play. So if we're going to criticize our, then we should criticize theirs. The way I look at

it, we start from scratch in this series and we're dead even right now. I thought our penalty kill did a great job against a power play that is supposedly so potent."