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The Knee-Jerk Reaction:
With Torey Krug firing from the point and Zdeno Chara planted in front of the net, the Boston Bruins power play is and will continue to be a dominant force.
The new-look power play is off to a hot start, and it has to be better than last season's. However, it has a long way to go to become elite.
To open the season, Coach Claude Julien has gone with an interesting power-play scheme in which 6'9" Zdeno Chara plays as a forward. The giant D-man has lined up as a goalie screen before but with limited success.
The difference so far this season has been Krug's skill in the quarterback position. The rookie's wicked shot and nifty playmaking ability might finally be tapping Chara's potential as a power forward.
Krug and Chara combined for two goals with the man advantage against the Detroit Red Wings on October 5.
The first came on a Krug slapper, while Chara effectively blinded Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Two periods later, Krug returned the favor by feeding his captain in front for a skillful backhand.
It's important to remember that while Krug and Chara will feature prominently on special teams this season, other players will need to score for the unit to succeed.
David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla will have plenty of chances to shine, and the success of Boston's 5-on-4 unit will depend heavily on their production. Second-year defender Dougie Hamilton should also see plenty of looks on the point.
If the whole gang gets in on the act, this unit could finally be a strength for the Bruins. Boston would benefit greatly from a lethal power play, but a larger sample size is necessary before we call this group great.