Something is missing from the Boston power play.
The uninterrupted puck movement and cross-ice passes to a wide open David Pastrnak aren’t there anymore. Torey Krug isn’t getting the chance to fire away from the top. Patrice Bergeron isn’t dominating between the faceoff circles like before.
Boston rode its lethal power play to a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Since then, the St. Louis Blues have shut out the most effective power play unit in more than 30 years and shut down the Bruins’ best players, too. The Blues power play has been nothing special, but their penalty kill is a major reason why St. Louis has won two straight to take a 3-2 lead with a chance to claim the first NHL championship in franchise history at home Sunday night.
St. Louis has gone from being the playoffs’ least-penalized team through three rounds to something else entirely. The Blues are borderline undisciplined, relying on targeted toughness to beat up and disrupt the Bruins. It’s working. Since allowing six power-play goals early in the final and letting the Bruins go 4-for-4 on four shots in Game 3, the Blues…