MONTREAL – The Boston Bruins need to figure out how score a power-play goal against the Montreal Canadiens, and they know it.
Boston came up empty again with the man advantage as the Canadiens forced Game 7 in the Eastern Conference quarter-final with a 2-1 win Tuesday.
Boston’s power play was 0-for-4 in the game and hasn’t scored in 19 attempts in the series.
“We’ve talked about it a lot lately, and it’s always about better puck movement, moving our feet and creating odd man situations,”said Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg. “Everyone knows what we have to do, we just have to put it on the ice.”
Meanwhile, both Montreal goals came on different five-on-three advantages.
“Two goals off those advantages, they got momentum from that,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Unfortunately we were in the penalty box, twice two men down and when we got some flow we took more penalties. We have to stay out of the box.”
The Bruins power play ranked 21st out of 30 teams during the regular season.
“It’s a big issue right now and it’s something that we have to find a way to get the job done,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. “They’ve won because of that right now and we have to just keep things simple, take what they’re giving us, have some presence in front and just have some shots.”
Montreal has been strong on special teams all year, finishing seventh in both penalty kill and power play.
It didn’t help Boston’s cause when Milan Lucic was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Jaroslav Spacek at 4:37 of the second period. Lucic scored five power-play goals for Boston this season.
Just 16 seconds into Lucic’s major, Bergeron took a delay of game penalty giving the Canadiens a full two minutes of five-on-three.
“Obviously losing him hurt, he’s a physical presence and when he has the puck he creates space,” Seidenberg said. “It’s tough to lose a guy like him.”
Bruins veteran Mark Recchi gave a lot of the credit for the Canadiens penalty killing to goaltender Carey Price who stopped 31 shots for Montreal.
“Price was great tonight, he made some wonderful saves,” said Recchi. “He’s good goalie and he did the job on his end.”
No time to rest for either team as the series resumes Wednesday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
“We just got to approach it like the most important game in the season and get ready for it,” Chara said.