by Patrick Hoffman on 05/15/11 at 04:49 PM ET
If you are a New York Rangers’ fan and you watched Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning last night, then you must know that I am referring to the Bruins’ power play.
In last night’s 5-2 Game 1 loss to the Lightning, the Bruins’ power play was simply atrocious. They were not enough pucks thrown on net and there was certainly way too much puck movement. All in all, it led to an 0-4 night with the man advantage on what could/should have been a difference maker for the Bruins.
While the Lightning certainly did a good job of blocking shots last night when they were killing penalties, the Bruins did not throw enough pucks on net with the man advantage. Too often, they either missed the net, had trouble handling the puck in the slot or at the point or they simply chose to pass instead of shoot.
This led to the other problem: too much puck movement. While it is important to move the puck around to help get guys open whether it is at the point or in the slot, the Bruins’ overdid it and practically wasted their time on the power play and hurt themselves by not being able to do anything with the four power plays they were given.
Doesn’t this sound all too familiar? This is exactly what the Rangers did on their power plays this season and it ended up hurting them when it mattered most, the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Simply put, the Bruins need to change this fast and figure out ways to put the puck in the net with the man advantage because if they don’t, it will hurt them in the long run.
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