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by Paul on 03/23/14 at 09:04 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
“We’re not blessed with too many power plays,” Julien said after the Bruins’ 4-2 win in New Jersey on Tuesday, their 10th straight victory. “It’s a part that we still can’t figure out why. We see reasons we should be on the power play. Our penalty kill has to be good because every night we’re killing more than we are on the power play. That’s just the way it has been for years. It’s a good thing we’re a disciplined team. We don’t take a ton of penalties. We just don’t get a ton of power plays.”
Some teams are excellent at drawing power plays. Through 71 games, Washington had gone on the power play a league-leading 255 times and had scored on an NHL-best 23.9 percent of its chances. Their power play is a major reason why the Capitals aren’t with the Islanders, Panthers, and Sabres at the ground floor of the Eastern Conference.
Boston is not one of those teams. Through 69 games, the Bruins had drawn only 192 power plays, the fewest in the league. They finished at the bottom of the NHL last season, too. They had 122 power plays, 81 fewer than the league-leading Canadiens.
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