BOSTON -- It's a rare sight to see the Boston Bruins' power play as a weapon that wears out the opposition and tilts a game in Boston's favor.
If you didn't witness it, and didn't hear everyone talking about it, you might not believe how important the man-advantage was to the Bruins' 3-2, Game 1 win against the New York Rangers Thursday in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
In addition to tying the game on a Torey Krug power-play goal, the Bruins kept the Rangers pinned in their zone for nearly the entire four minutes of a minor to New York defenseman John Moore late in regulation then a Derek Dorsett minor penalty in overtime.
"You've just got to keep the momentum on your side. I think our two units [Thursday] were creating some pretty good scoring chances," Bruins center David Krejci said. "Even though we didn't score, other than Krug's goal, we kept the momentum on our side. And right after the power play, the next line who was out there, they were playing well, they kept the momentum on our side. So it's very important, too, if you don't score on the power play, to create some chances and keep the momentum on your side."