As bad as that was, more troubling was their penalty killing over the last two-plus weeks. Typically a strong suit, the PK was a bend-and-break 21 for 30 (70 percent) over eight games. So, while the Bruins were cashing in on the power play only twice in that stretch, their opponents were sticking nine in the net.
“Probably our biggest challenge going into the playoffs is the ability to score some goals,’’ lamented the ever-honest Julien, who showed greater willingness than normal to try different line combinations during the late-season slump. “If we can find that, it’ll make a big difference . . . at the end of the day, that’s the main thing that I think is hurting us.’’
Either they find it now or fold up. Bear down. Concentrate. Finish. Or go home.