The Boston Bruins allowed their first power play goal of the season Thursday night in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Their task won’t get any easier against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
The Capitals had the NHL’s most efficient power play unit last season, converting on 23 percent of their chances, while star forward Alex Ovechkin led the league with 24 power play goals. The Bruins, meanwhile, had the eighth-best penalty kill unit in the league in 2013-14 with an 83.7 percent success rate.
Boston’s back line is well aware of the task it faces, and defenseman Adam McQuaid remarked that the best way to slow Washington’s power play could be to limit its chances.
“They have a lot of weapons and a lot of options, so you just have to be on your toes and have to stay out of the box as much as you can,” McQuaid told NESN’s Guerin Austin.
Hear more from McQuaid and defenseman Kevan Miller — as well as a breakdown of Boston’s penalty kill unit by Billy Jaffe and Barry Pederson — in the video above.
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