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Bruins 5-on-4 Unit Suddenly Looking a lot More Powerful

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Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara celebrate Iginla's second period goal that put the Bruins up 3-0. Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports

Through the first four games of the Bruins and Canadiens second round series, the Bruins power play left much to be desired.

The much-improved 5-on-4 unit from the regular season couldn’t do anything against Montreal, looking like the circa 2011 special teams play that seemed to set the league record for lowest power play percentage to win the Stanley Cup.

Less than two minutes into the second period, the formally power-less play looked a lot more like the one that finished third in the NHL during 2013-14.

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With Tomas Plekanec in the box for running into Tuukka Rask at the end of the first period, the Bruins doubled their 1-0 lead when Reilly Smith tipped in a shot from Dougie Hamilton for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Just 24 seconds after leaving the sin bin, Plekanec was back, this time for a high stick on Johnny Boychuk.

But in less time than it took for the Montreal forward to take his seat did the Bruins convert on their second straight power play opportunity, as Torey Krug dished an impressive feed to Jarome Iginla, who fired it in for his second goal of the series, just six seconds into the man-advantage.

The Canadiens got a power play goal of their own with 5:21 to play in the period, as Brendan Gallagher tipped in a shot from Plekanec, but the Bruins still held a two-goal advantage heading into the third period, and in a game that has already seen eight 5-on-4 chances, the Bruins have to feel good that their power play is finally coming around.