Up until Thursday the Bruin’s powerplay was in shambles, going one for 15 to start the season. So what did Claude Julien do to fix it? He turned it on its head.
Gone were Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Hunwick, the original point men on the man-advantage, and in were Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi who were previously patrolling down low.
It was the definition of counter-intuitive. Neither Bergeron or Recchi are known for their slap-shots, in fact Recchi has made a career of making simple tip-ins down low and in front of the net.
Sometimes it’s the least likely option that works the best. The new look power play came alive going three for four thanks to the slick puck moving by the new point men.
Bringing back the power to the man-advantage Thursday was the last tweak on a Bruins team is doing all it can to erase the bad memories of last season.
Chief among those bad memories was the team’s inability to score last season. They were dead last in the NHL in goals for last season with 196 and could never find a rhythm.
Now, at this early point of the season, they are sixth in the league and every line has gelled beyond anybody’s expectation.
The team just looks different out on the ice. That is interesting considering that the roster has basically been unchanged for the last three years.
“It’s a good start,’’ Milan Lucic told the Boston Globe. “But we can’t get satisfied. We have to keep the mind-set that it doesn’t just happen. We have to make it happen.”
Lucic said a lot more with that quote than he thought he did. Gone is the sense of entitlement that followed the Bruins last season as they came off their President’s Trophy 2008-09 season.
They appropriately fell on flat on their face that season.
But now everyone seems to be contributing. From the once listless Michael Ryder to the energetic rookies Jordan Caron and Tyler Seguin, the team has been putting in an effort that was nowhere to be found last season.
Bruins hockey is getting exciting again.
They go for five in a row Saturday night against the Rangers and here’s to hoping they keep the good things brewing.