The Bruins are an elite team. That's obvious. What may not be, though, is that during last year's regular season, their power play was not.
In the 48-game lockout-shortened season, Boston's power-play clip was a lackluster 14.8 percent, which was 26th in the league.
Twenty-sixth? The Bruins? With David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Bergeron and Chara's rocket shot from the blue line? Surprisingly, yes.
They only scored on 18 power-play goals on 122 chances. There were eight teams that didn't make the playoffs that were ranked ahead of them in that category. That couldn't have sat well with head coach Claude Julien.
Another interesting note is that by a wide margin, the Bruins had the least amount of power-play chances in the league with the aforementioned 122. They had 13 less instances with the man advantage than the Anaheim Ducks, who had the second-least amount in the league. The Montreal Canadiens, who had the most, had 203 tries, 81 more than Boston. The low number of chances obviously doesn't change the percentage, but because the Bruins didn't have a lot of time on the power play, perhaps that's why things didn't gel like they did for other teams. With how hard Boston skates along the boards and to the net, you would think that it would draw more hooking, holding and slashing calls, but that wasn't the case.
Because of the lack of time with the extra man, Boston had the least amount of five-on-four goals (17) in the NHL. Boston will make it a point of emphasis to try and send its opponents to the box more next season. A simple way to do that is to not retaliate—but that's a lot easier said than done.
Fans may think that the Bruins' lack of scoring with the extra man is overblown; after all, the team made the Stanley Cup Final. It's hard to argue with them there. But there's no question that Boston will look to improve on it next season.