The Bruins power play, which for the first time in years looked legitimate during the regular season, dominated the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In seven-plus periods of the second round against the Canadiens? Not so much.
The Bruins went 0-for-6 over the first two games of the series, generating no momentum for the B’s as they dropped Game 1 and, like in past seasons, won Game 2 despite the power play as opposed to because of it.
Their first power play opportunity of Game 3, awarded to them due to a high elbow from P.K. Subban to Reilly Smith, went from frustrating to disaster in a few seconds. The Bruins couldn’t manage anything on their man-advantage, and just as Subban was released from the box, Lars Eller found him all alone streaking into the Bruins’ zone.
Subban only had to make one move to fake out Tuukka Rask and score to put Montreal up 2-0 and send the Bell Centre into a frenzy.
The Bruins did a good job keeping their emotions in check during the first period, not drawing any penalties, but were unable to take advantage of great zone time by the Bergeron line.
The second period has not been the Bruins’ strong suit through their first seven games of these playoffs, but it will have to be tonight if the Bruins want to avoid Montreal blowing this game wide open and taking control of this series.