The Bruins spent the preseason working on a new-look power play, an attempt to conquer their man-advantage demons. They placed Zdeno Chara in front of the net, a big body in a big spot, hoping that the potential advantages would outweigh any injury concerns.
So far, the returns are good.
Boston scored twice on the power play Saturday night against the Red Wings, with both Torey Krug and Chara netting goals on the man advantage, as the Bruins beat their new Atlantic Division foe, 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd at TD Garden.
The first goal, scored by Krug worked exactly how Boston envisioned. Chara blocked goalie Jimmy Howard and Krug ripped a shot from the high slot putting the Bruins on the board. They came back again in the third, with Chara doing the honors, collecting a pass from Krug and putting a deke on Howard.
With the Red Wings playing on tired legs — Detroit was playing its third game in four nights and had played in Carolina Friday — they were outshot by the Bruins, 37-26.
Boston added two goals in the second period, one by Brad Marchand and one by Jordan Caron. Marchand scored just 36 seconds into the period, taking the puck down the right side and putting it on net. Caron’s goal made up for the one he should have had Thursday night that was erased by a quick whistle, and the resurgent left winger celebrated accordingly.
Marchand was later knocked down on a blindside hit by Justin Abdelkader that didn’t draw a whistle at 3:25 into the second. Marchand stayed down for a minute before skating off under his own power and heading to the dressing room. He only missed one shift.