The Bruins three game road trip was kicked started by Patrice Bergeron’s overtime snipe against the New York Islanders. After Torey Krug slithered into the offensive zone, he found 37 right in the slot. Bergeron’s goal extended a very impressive streak for Boston’s special teams.
With that lamp lighter, the Bruins have now scored a power play goal in 13 straight games. Boston began streaking the 14th of December in Florida, with a David Pastrnak tip in (I know, shocking that Pasta scored on the Power Play).
While the Bruins would lose their next three home games, the run continued. Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, and Patrice Bergeron were the ones to keep the streak alive.
In a seven goal explosion against the Washington Capitals, Jake DeBrusk and Bergeron both netted power play goals. In Buffalo, it was again Bergeron finishing with a goal skating five against four. Back in Boston to finish off a home and home with the Sabers, DeBrusk potted two power play scores in less than 20 seconds.
In a frustrating shootout loss to the Devils in New Jersey, Brad Marchand still found a way to produce on the man advantage. In back to back losses to Columbus and Edmonton, Boston’s lone scores came off Pastrnak’s stick on the Power Play.
Bergeron was at it again in Nashville with yet another power play goal. In Boston’s wild 5-4 win over Winnipeg, Pastrnak blasted a power play goal on his way to a hat trick. Bergeron’s OT winner Saturday pushed the streak to lucky 13. Boston is 5-1-5 over this stretch.
The Bruins 1st power play unit of Pastrnak, Marchand, Bergeron, Krug and DeBrusk looks unstoppable at times. More than once during this stretch the Bruins would win the first face-off clean. Krug would corral the puck, walk the line, and feed Pastrnak. 88 would promptly smack the puck into the back of the net. That is how you start and end a Power Play.
The Bruins have three players in the top 10 in power play production this season. Pastrnak is third with 27 points, Marchand is sixth with 21, and Krug is tied for eighth with 19.
It's safe to say Pastrnak is the driving force behind Boston’s man advantage. His 16 power play lamp lighters lead the NHL by four (Edmonton’s James Neal has 12). However, the Bruins have a myriad of ways to produce PP scores.
The always reliable Patrice Bergeron is highly productive in the slot. Brad Marchand poses as a threat to either pass or shoot from the right face off circle. Troey Krug, one of the most creative, dynamic defenseman in the NHL, runs the point. Jake DeBrusk, who has made his presence known multiple times on the man advantage during this stretch, sets up shop at the top of the crease.
The Bruins are tied for first in the NHL with 41 power play goals, while they are third in the league with 27.7% PP scoring percentage. It would be wise for opponents to keep their sticks away from Boston’s skates and faces.
Story by Chad Jones
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