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After four games, Boston's oft-criticized power play has mustered only one goal on 17 power-play opportunities. The struggling unit's ugly 5.9 percent success rate with the man-advantage ranks second to last in the NHL.
For some reason, Boston's elite offense seems to take a giant step backward with an opponent in the box. So far this season, the unit looks completely discombobulated, with skaters consistently mishandling the puck and making errant passes.
The absence of poise has been nightmarish, with urgency and chemistry also lacking.
A few goals from Tyler Seguin would certainly help, but while the 20-year-old star languishes in a goal-scoring slump, nobody has shown an urge to step up and fill the void.
Rookie Dougie Hamilton has been the lone bright spot, assisting Brad Marchand on the team's only power-play goal and showing the greatest comfort level in the quarterback role. The big defenseman's laser beams from the point have been encouraging, with their ability to create havoc around the crease.
Moving forward, Boston must increase their pace on the man-advantage and cut the rampant hesitation. Hopefully, as players reestablish their timing the passing will become crisper and scoring chances will follow.
However, it does not seem likely that any opponent will be afraid of parading to the penalty box at the TD Garden.