If the Bruins win tonight and don’t score a power-play goal, they will become only the second team in NHL history to go as many as six games and clinch a series without scoring on the man-advantage.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only the Maple Leafs in 1942 went 0-for-the-series on the PP, and still won, when they rubbed out the Rangers in six games in the opening round of that year’s playoffs. The Leafs then beat the Wings in the Cup final, with many of the league’s top players then in Europe, batting in World War 2.
No team, according to Elias, ever has won a playoff Game 7 and not scored a power-play goal during the series.
The Bruins, who will carry a 3-2 series lead into tonight’s game, stand a mummified 0-for-15 on the power play.
The power-play-proficient San Jose Sharks, who eliminated the Kings Monday night, went a sad sack 2-for-23 on the PP over the six games of that first-round series. The Penguins, who will face Tampa in a Game 7 tomorrow night, have gone 1-for-30.
The Bruins, who lost the first two games of their series with the Habs, now have won three straight games–something they accomplished only once before in their history. In 1952, they opened the playoffs with two losses to the Habs, then clicked off three straight W’s, only to lose Games 6 and 7.