The Boston Bruins have five power plays in Wednesday night's Game 6 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. They scored just one goal in those chances. Conversely, the Lightning scored three PP goals given their five chances. And while Boston struggling to score on the power play is nothing new this postseason, neither is Tampa's penalty-killing, which is one of the best in the league.
After killing all but one of five penalties during their 5-4 Game 6 victory at the Forum on Wednesday, the Lightning have now killed off 72 of 78 shorthanded situations for a 92.3 kill percentage that ranks second overall in the league.
"I've said it many times: our team pays the price a lot," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said of his penalty killers. "That's why we're here. If we were relying on our skills, we'd have never come close to being here.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum is Boston's unit, which Ryan Durling says should be the Bruins' biggest concern heading into Friday night's Game 7.
But what should concern Boston is that their penalty kill - which had held the wicked talented Lightning power play to just two goals in five games over the course of the series - was a no-show, allowing Tampa to score on their first three power play chances.