The penalty kill for the Detroit Red Wings had been a strong suit in their first two games.
But against a new look power play unit for the Boston Bruins, the PK unit looked average-to-below average.
With Torey Krug quarterbacking the unit, and monster defenseman Zdeno Chara providing the net presence, the Bruins recorded two power play goals–each by the aforementioned players–in a 4-1 win over the Wings on Saturday.
"No one can move him," Krug said about Chara. "So they kind of just leave him to himself. And the goalie has to deal with him and it takes his eyes away. So it's nice to for us to have that."
Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard more than did his job–stopping 33 of 37 shots, but he had a rough night trying to see around Chara.
"It's not easy when there's someone that's 6-foot-9 standing in front of you," Howard said. "It's something that you've got to figure out, and find a way to try and find the puck. But it's extremely difficult with him in front."
Krug, who scored four goals for the Bruins in the playoffs, picked up right where he left off at 9:11 of the first as his slapshot went through a lot of traffic before getting past Howard.
Chara would score the other power play goal at 12:17 of the third after he took a feed from Krug and beat Howard with a backhander.
The power play for the Red Wings continued to struggle, as they are now 0-for-8 on the year with a man advantage.
"[Our power play] didn't have much today. I think in the other two games we at least created a lot of chances, but the puck hasn't gone in. Today wasn't good," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said.
Zetterberg scored the lone goal for the Wings at 16:49 of the first after he beat Tuukka Rask with a rebound after Rask initially denied Justin Abdelkader. It was Zetterberg's second goal of the year.
Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron also scored for the Bruins, and Rask stopped 25 of 26 shots to pick up his first career win against the Wings.
NOTES: There was a scary moment in the second period after Abdelkader and Marchand collided. Marchand was slow to get up as a result. Abdelkader will not receive any supplemental discipline for the hit, as Brendan Shanahan deemed it accidental.
- BOS Torey Krug (Goal, Assist)
- BOS Zdeno Chara (Goal)
- BOS Jordan Caron (Goal)
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