Jim Montgomery May Have Found a New Top Power-Play

Dorin Canaday
April 2, 2023  (3:06 PM)

If there's one area where the Boston Bruins have struggled this season, it's the power play; however, a recently assembled unit has shown promise.

From January 1st, the Bruins' man advantage has only been successful 21 times, out of 129 attempts, ranking them as the seventh worst in the league with a 16.3% success rate during this period. Their 129 power plays are the fifth highest in the league during that time.

Power Play Breakthrough in Pittsburgh

Boston's leading unit scored 2 out of 3 power play goals, notably without veterans Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Following the Bruins' 4-3 victory, Scott McLaughlin from WEEI reported that head coach Jim Montgomery might have discovered a new top unit:
''The first goal came from the same unit that had also scored the Bruins' previous two power-play goals, and it's one that coach Jim Montgomery has started to use more over the last week: Charlie McAvoy at the point, Tyler Bertuzzi at the net-front, Pavel Zacha in the middle bumper, and Pastrnak and David Krejci on the wings''

Pastrnak and McAvoy each scored a goal on the man advantage, while Zacha and Bertuzzi contributed one assist each. The significant change for Montgomery was assembling the "Czech Trio" of Pastrnak, Zacha, and Krejci.
Another aspect for the Bruins is ensuring their top offensive weapon, Pastrnak, remains on the ice throughout:
''During power-play practice, coach Jim Montgomery rotated Pastrnak and Orlov between the «first» and «second» units. Afterwards, he explained that he did so because they wanted Pastrnak to start every power play, regardless of whether it was the first or second unit starting.''

Boston converted once on their two power play chances on Sunday afternoon against the Blues. With Bertuzzi's seventh of the season from Pastrnak and Lindholm.
The real question is whether Montgomery and his team will maintain this unit, even when captain Bergeron returns to the lineup.
Read McLaughlin's complete article via the link below:
As read on Bruins Insider - Bruins Have Potentially Discovered a New Top Power-Play Unit.
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