The Boston Bruins still aren’t where they want to be on the power play, but those struggling units finally showed a sign of turning things around.
Boston went 1-for-5 on the man advantage in Thursday night’s 2-1 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Not the explosion they seemingly need, but a strong first step. The Bruins totaled nine shots on goal on their five power plays, a sign that they’re improving in the puck recovery department, and generated three high-danger scoring chances (via Natural Stat Trick).
But the more intangible problems that plagued the Bruins’ PP were at least these two things: big plays outside of David Pastrnak, and movement. Literally, getting their bodies moving. They overcame both those issues on Tyler Bertuzzi’s power play goal, sparked by an eye-popping dangle and setup by Pavel Zacha, which came off a nifty pass from Charlie McAvoy. Perhaps not how they drew it up, but a dynamic play, nonetheless.