The streak remained alive Sunday as Claude Julien was once again asked about the struggling Bruins power play following practice on Ristuccia Arena. The B's man advantage is now ranked 29th in the NHL after getting out to a 1-for-17 start, and is only behind the Los Angeles Kings that have started out a putrid 0-for-23 on the season.
The Bruins practiced with their top two PP units on Sunday before leaving on a flight to Carolina for the start of back-to-back games against the Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Dennis Seidenberg wasn't entered back into the mix on the second PP unit after coming back from injury – Dougie Hamilton and Rich Peverley have been manning the points on the second unit for the last three games – and Julien preached patience just one week into the season.
Given the Bruins track record with the power play crapping out in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, that's a pretty special request. David Krejci probably should have been credited for a power play goal but a video replay ruled no goal against the Rangers, and both Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin have clanged posts on power-play scoring chances.
But the Bruins have also had entire two minute power play possessions in the last two games where there wasn't a single fired at the net, and the enthusiasm seemed to be flagging within the unit's skaters.
"I thought I'd be able to get away for at least one day without a power play question," said Julien. "The results haven't been there, but I'd say in three of the four games that we moved the puck well, we hit a post and we had a goal disallowed. A lot of stuff has happened.
"I could throw a lot of things at you whether it was LA winning last year without a [good] power play or Tampa Bay not even practicing the power play this year because they know you can't win a Cup without strong five-on-five play. But I think people need to step back and maybe take a breath a little bit . . . and not make a mountain out of a power play. We want it to work well, but it's not the end of the world. We're still winning hockey games."
Julien: Power-play critics need to 'take a breath'
CSN New England | Jan 28