In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins' power play looked its best in the first period when Zdeno Chara was screening Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. It appears Chara will remain in that position for tonight's Game 2.

Toward the end of practice yesterday, the Bruins worked on their flickering power play. Like he has been since the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Chara was the net-front presence on the first unit. Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Seidenberg were the point men. David Krejci manned the left boards. Nathan Horton was in the left corner.

For most of his time in Boston, Chara has been at the blue line on the power play. From there, the Bruins have looked to set up Chara for his triple-digit slap shot.

But for a player owning such a hard shot, Chara hasn't taken full advantage. Because of his long windup, shot-blockers — the ones courageous enough to perform the equivalent of stepping in front of an Acela train — have time to fill shooting lanes. Also, Chara requires lots of repetitions to make sure his shot gets through traffic and on net. General manager Peter Chiarelli has noted that Chara can't do that in practice for fear of injuring a teammate. He has performed most of his shooting drills before and after practice.

So, with Chara's shot not being utilized and the power play struggling, the coaches have rotated the captain in front of Luongo. It is a job that is not new to Chara.