Over the past few seasons when analysts and fans looked at the Boston Bruins, the biggest weakness always was said to be the power play. Lookout NHL world this highly talented defensive team might just have a top power play this season. Last night against the Detroit Red wings, the Bruins power play found the back of the net twice. The new look power play for the B’s consist of Chara sitting in front the net, which has done wonders for the unit. Chara managed to net one of the goals, and also helped Torey Krug net the second one. Krug has come up huge on the power play ever since being put into the lineup in last year during the post season. The media spoke to Krug after the game last night about having Chara in front of the net, “No one can move him, so they kind of just leave him to himself. And the goalie has to deal with him and it takes his eyes away. So it’s nice for us to have that.” Just one season ago, the Bruins ranked near the bottom of the NHL in the power play department (26th overall). There is no question that with the addition of Krug, Hamilton, and Chara there is magic brewing for the B’s, and they look to put themselves near the top of the power play stats department.
The score was deadlocked at 0-0 midway through the 1st period before Krug throttled a lightning type slap shot from the high slot that ended up finding the back of the net (1st power play goal of the season, and first goal of the season for Torey Krug). However, the Red Wings would lock things back up for the period ended, as Zetterberg collected a rebound in front and slipped a shot by Bruins netminder, Tuukka Rask (this would be the only goal Rask would let by him for the night). At the start of the second period (opening shift), Marchand broke free and unloaded a swift wrist shot, that would bounce off the right pipe, and somehow find the back of the net, to move the Bruins back in front 2-1. A little over ten minutes later, Caron would give the Bruins a 3-1 lead, as Reilly Smith would send a fancy backhand pass to him, that led to him lighting the lamp. Torey Krug would add to his scoring column (an assist), as he would find a streaking Chara, who would net the Bruins second power play goal of the night.
Boston would outshoot the Red Wings on the night, 37-26, and Detroit’s Howard would say [regarding the play of the Bruins], “They won in every statistic tonight, every battle. I’m not going to make excuses like we were tired or anything like that because I think it’s pathetic” (the Red Wings just played the Carolina Hurricanes the night before).
3. Tuukka Rask
On the night, Rask played unbelievable, as he would stop 25 of the 26 shots he faced.
2. Zdeno Chara
Chara has looked impressive this season through two games, and is looking stellar on the power play. He finished the game with one power play goal.
*. Torey Krug
Krug has been picking up right where he left off during the post season last year. On the night, Krug would light the lamp once, and would have an assist as well (Chara scored the goal). The play of Krug will be a pivotal piece to the amount of success the Bruins will have this season.