In response to Fletcher1's comment:
But it's fool's logic to think that because it hasn't hurt them yet, it won't next time. They won the Cup due to some pretty outstanding performances in other areas - goaltending, great 3rd line, shutdown 1st pair D. The likelihood of that all happening the same way is not very good. So you need to improve on any asset of the game that is going poorly for you.
Maybe next time the goaltending is mediocre or key defensemen are injured, and the only way to overcome those problems is to pour in a few PP goals per game. Special teams can certainly win or lose games, we all know that.
To suggest that the PP doesn't matter because the Bruins have gotten by without it a few times in the past is every bit as dumb as the logic arguing that the B's desperately need the PP to be good.
It's a problem that may or may not really hurt them. Predicting that it will or it won't is anyone's guess -- the stuff of Stanley. But the longer it goes on, the greater the probability that it does.
Then it's not really anyones guess then, is it.
Any debate arguing the overall importance of decent special teams is silly. Of course they're very important.
Teams practice virtually every day in an attempt to get better. There's an obvious category where the B's have untold potential to impropve, so it should be priority 1.
The PP. If every other facet of their game stays as is...and the pp improves, it's a virtual lock they'll win more games. End of conversation. A good pp doesn't, nor shouldn't negate the teams ability to play as well short handed, or 5 on 5.
Fans should forget about 2011. No team in NHL history won the cup like the B's did that year. It's doubtful "any" team will win the cup in this fashion again, let alone our Bruins.